Redknapp backs Becks' omission

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Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Great Britain Olympics 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 yesterday he had not been selected, with Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards understood to be the ones preferred instead.

Beckham played a key role in attracting support to London's bid to stage the Games back in 2005 and London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe is now set to offer him a role during the Olympics. 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."

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