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Mourinho baffled by Beckham exclusion

Jose Mourinho admits he is baffled at David Beckham’s exclusion from Team GB’s Olympic football squad, with the Portuguese coach saying he ‘cannot understand’ Stuart Pearce’s decision.

Beckham was surprisingly left out in favour of Manchester City’s Micah Richards in last month’s squad announcement, despite the former Real Madrid’s involvement in the bidding process.

Beckham was given a key role in the opening ceremony for the Olympics last week as reward for his efforts in helping to secure the games, but Mourinho believes he is worthy of playing for Team GB’s football squad.

"I don't understand why he is not playing there. I cannot understand,” he said. “I think in a group of 18 players he would have football qualities to give, human qualities to give.

“The Pierre Coubertin ideal, I think he is one of the best soccer professionals to express what is the ideal of Pierre Coubertin and I am so sorry he is not there.

“But for me, I was also participating in the London project - I don't understand why such a big personality in this project is now playing in this match when he should be at the Olympics."

Madrid continued their pre-season preparations with a comfortable 5-1 win over LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center last night. Team GB meanwhile face a quarter-final showdown against South Korea in the Olympics on Saturday.

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