Becks doesn't deserve Olympic place - Lineker
Published 21:39 19/04/12 By MirrorFootball
David Beckham does not merit a place in the Great Britain football squad at the Olympics, claims pundit and fellow England hero Gary Lineker.
Beckham, who will be 37 by the time the Games begin, is widely considered a certainty to be one of the three over-age players in the 18-strong squad that will otherwise consist of Under-23s.
But the BBC reports that Lineker feels manager Stuart Pearce can do better, unless the choice of Beckham is as a thank you for helping London win the right to host the 2012 Games in the first place.
"If you are going to pick the best three over-age players then you would say no [to Beckham]," he reportedly said of the midfielder, now playing in America with Los Angeles Galaxy.
"If it is a 'thank you' for all the work that Beckham has done for the Olympics and getting it to London, then it is a different matter.
"I would pick my best three players if I was in charge. That is who I would want, but who knows? It might be a done deal."
Beckham is desperate to cap his glitteering career by playing in the Games in his home city.
The Mirror reported earlier in the week that he is still in Pearce's thinking after the manager reduced his first draft of candidates from the four home nations to 80 names.
Englishman Joe Cole, Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt, Wales' Craig Bellamy and Scotland's Steven Fletcher are other over-age players in the running.
The draw for the football competition at the Games will be held at Wembley next Tuesday, 24 April.