2012 Olympics: Pros and Cons of Picking David Beckham for Team GB

David Beckham is sporting royalty in Great Britain, but while the public clamors for his inclusion in Team GB's historic soccer squad to compete at the 2012 London Olympics should not be underestimated, his place is not guaranteed.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce has been told by Olympics chairman Lord Coe to pick his squad purely on merit—and not be swayed by anything else.

Pearce is currently weighing whether to make Beckham one of his three overage players in the 16-team tournament this summer. To educate his decision, he will be in the stadium to watch Beckham play for L.A. Galaxy in Seattle on Wednesday night, on the same day the former England international turns 37.

This summer will mark the first time since 1971 that a men's football team representing Great Britain has taken to the field. Pearce will be their manager and it's his job to select a squad of 18 players, of which no more than three can have been...

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