Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp believes Great Britain Olympic football coach Stuart Pearce "can kiss goodbye to a knighthood" after he opted to leave David Beckham out of his squad, but hailed Pearce's bravery for selecting the side he wanted.
Beckham had hoped to be named as one of three over-age players and had made it on to Pearce's extended list of possible candidates but revealed he had not been selected, with
Beckham played a key role in attracting support to London's bid to stage the Games back in 2005 and London 2012 chairman
Redknapp told The Sun: "There is no doubt Stuart will have upset a few in high places. They would have loved to see Becks in there. I am surprised and sad that he isn't.
"Stuart can kiss goodbye to a knighthood but credit for being brave. He is the manager and should be allowed to pick who he wants."
Former England defender
Mills, who played alongside Beckham in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, told BBC Sport: "There's always an issue around the Beckham brand. We know how big he is - he's global, he's huge. But when it comes to football reasons,
"I think it would have been a great spectacle and I think it's a bit of a shame he's not in there.
Former England striker
"After putting him in the initial squad I can't understand this.
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