Richards refused the offer of being "back up" for the recent European Championships, saying everything that needs to be said about his sense of patriotism, whilst Bellyache is Bellyache - loathsome.
Doesn't Pearce get it? Nobody cares about who wins Gold in the football in the Olympics. Everybody knows that football doesn't belong, just like tennis doesn't belong, or rugby, or cricket or any of the other great professional team games. The Olympics is, first and foremost, about individuals, great individuals, and the great and the good in football prioritise the World Cup, the European Championships and major club competitions. That's why they have struggled to sell tickets for the football in a nation that is football cazy!
Beckham deserves a place as a reward for all that he has done for British sport. He has been a wonderful ambassador ever since we launched the bid and he is, second perhaps only to Coe, the face of London 2012 as far as people around the world are concerned. The thought of him bending in one of his trademark free kicks would have put bums on seats and excited a TV audience without question. So what if we lost? In this case, the Corinthian ideal of "It's not the winning but the taking part that counts" should have been applied.
Just like when he appointed Parker captain, Pearce has made himself look an arse. Beckham has responded with his trademark dignity but I trust others will not hold back in expressing contempt for this mean spirited decision to knife Becks in the back!