Harry - Becks snub brave

Pearce can 'kiss goodbye to a knighthood', says ex-Spurs boss

David Beckham: Omission from the Olympic squad has come as a surprise to Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has expressed sadness and surprise that David Beckham has been left out of the Olympic squad, but believes Stuart Pearce deserves credit for taking such a tough decision.

Beckham had hoped to be named as one of three over-age players in the Team GB squad and had made it on to Pearce's extended list of possible candidates.

However, he revealed on Thursday 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.

Former Tottenham boss Redknapp does not believe the decision will have helped Pearce's popularity, but applauds him for picking the side he wanted.

Amazed

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.

"Stuart can kiss goodbye to a knighthood but credit for being brave. He is the manager and should be allowed to pick who he wants."

Former England striker Alan Shearer expressed his incredulity at the decision, saying: "I'm amazed as I thought he was going to be part of it after all he's done getting the Olympics to London.

"After putting him in the initial squad I can't understand this.

"If Stuart Pearce had no intention of playing him, the least he could have done was tell him earlier."