London 2012 chairman Lord Coe has dismissed suggestions that the organising committee are placing extra pressure on Team GB football coach Stuart Pearce to pick David Beckham. The former England captain arrived in Athens on Thursday to play a key role in a ceremony to mark the handover of the Olympic flame to London ahead of this summer’s games.
Lord Coe said "We have put no pressure on Stuart Pearce at all. He has to pick the team he thinks can lift the trophy. The coach is in pole position. You cannot put any pressure on him, it's entirely up to Stuart Pearce."
Beckham, who helped the LA Galaxy win the MLS title last season, is tipped to be named as captain of the Team GB football team for London 2012. But Coe rejected the idea that by making the 37-year-old such a high-profile figure in the build up to the London 2012 Games he was making it impossible for Pearce to leave him out of his squad.
Lord Coe, a former Olympic Gold Medal winner himself, added "Obviously having David around the Olympic programme is a fantastic thing but we wouldn't expect a recall for Daley Thompson or Sir Steve Redgrave just because they are involved in the build-up. It would be bizarre not to use him on a regular basis. David has been with us from the beginning.