Pearce prepares to face Beckham questions
Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce will on Monday explain the reasoning behind his decision to end David Beckham's international career.
It was widely anticipated Beckham was going to be one of three over-age players in the 18-man London 2012 Olympics squad Pearce unveils at Wembley. Instead, he rang the former England skipper on Wednesday night to inform him he had not made the cut.
It has been suggested that with Kyle Walker and Chris Smalling ruled out through injury, Pearce felt he had to include Manchester City's Micah Richards. And it seems Pearce had already decided Wales duo Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy would be part of his plans.
The decision has created a huge amount of debate and controversy. Some feel Beckham should have been selected as a reward for the pivotal role he played in getting the Games to London in the first place. In addition, his presence would help to shift the estimated one million tickets still available for the football tournament.
Others think such a move would completely devalue Britain's first Games appearance since 1960. Pearce, who it did seem at one point would be combining his Olympic duties with those of England coach at Euro 2012, clearly belongs to the latter camp.
Much of his squad is already known. In addition to the three over-age players in his under-23s squad, Southampton target Jack Butland has been allowed to compete despite spending the last three weeks in Poland and Ukraine as third-choice keeper in Roy Hodgson's squad.
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has also made it, along with Chelsea duo Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Bertrand, who has emerged as a candidate for England's friendly with Euro 2012 finalists Italy in Berne next month.
It is also thought Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey will be selected as well to bolster the Wales contingent even further, although Gareth Bale, who would have been a star attraction, has been ruled out with a back problem.
After all the arguments over whether non-English players should be involved at all, it seems no one from Scotland or Northern Ireland will be selected. Pearce's squad are due to spend a short time at a training camp in Spain before they take on tournament favourites Brazil - complete with superstar forward Neymar - in a warm-up game at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on July 20.
They open their campaign against Senegal at Old Trafford six days later, before tackling the United Arab Emirates (Wembley, July 29) and Uruguay (Cardiff, August 1).