It is not often we have two summer tournaments for English fans to take an interest in. It is a situation that highlights the popularity of the game on our fair shores. Popularity, unfortunately, does not equate to health and events off the field this past month have brought that to the surface.
My thoughts are drawn to a man who will not be taking part in either competition. David Beckham’s exclusion from Team GB is a disgrace. Stuart Pearce has chosen a very public way to show his case of sour grapes towards the former England captain. Pearce was a great player for his country and has loyally stood by through more than one regime change now.
However, his career ended before the big money came to top-flight footballers and it would seem he is bitter about that. Beckham, the man who represents that cash more than any other, is paying the price for his resentment. in my opinion. Beckham deserves better.
The footballing argument put forward by the former Manchester City manager simply makes no sense whatsoever. Beckham has been plundering goals and assists for the Galaxy all season and his body, unlike Craig Bellamy’s, does not have a history of falling apart. Michah Richards, the other overage player, is not fit the lace the boots of the person who laces Beckham’s boots.
The former United great, who was largely responsible for the London winning the Olympics in the first place, has reacted with typically understated class. Lord Coe seems intent on finding him a suitable role but Stuart Pearce has dropped in my estimation immesuarbly.
Don’t even get me started on John Terry…
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