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Team GB 80 man shortlist: Pearce to watch Beckham, Ferguson angered by selection process

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David Beckham is in Stuart Pearce's Team GB 80-man shortlist for the Olympics - and Pearce has confirmed that the LA Galaxy star is in his thoughts for his final squad.

But the Team GB boss says his final cut will only include players who deserve to be in on merit.

"It's the only way any manager picks a squad or a team and I will do exactly the same," said Pearce - who will travel to the US to watch Beckham play for the LA Galaxy before deciding whether the former Manchester United midfielder will make it into his final 18-man squad for London 2012.

Beckham wants to represent Team GB at the Olympics, but Pearce added: "I will know a bit more when I go to the States to see what form he is in.

"He's made the shortlist and he has been a great ambassador for this country and the Olympics, but that's no recommendation that he will get in the squad and that's fair and square across the board for all players."

United players on shortlist

Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is angry that a host of United players are on Pearce's shortlist.

Pearce had previously said that no player would be selected for Euro 2012 and the Olympics. But Ferguson hit back after 10 of his squad made it onto the shortlist, including Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones.

“It’s ridiculous, utter chaos," Ferguson said. "I have no idea how badly other clubs are affected but I would imagine Tottenham will have a few, like Gareth Bale. Aston Villa have a lot of younger players as well - that is all Alex McLeish needs.

“We have agreed that any player who boards the plane to the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine will not be considered for selection to Team GB.

“It's a sensible football decision when you consider the demands on players, and it now leaves no room for doubt for players and their clubs about next summer and the two major tournaments."

'It's serious'

Ferguson is also set to lose David De Gea, to the Spanish Olympics team, and Javier Hernandez (Mexico).

“We've got 10 players nominated as well as David De Gea and Javier Hernandez. It's serious. This is the start of the season we're talking about.

“We'll be left with only one senior goalkeeper because Ben Amos has been nominated by Team GB and De Gea will be at the Olympics with Spain.

“The FA might also want five of our players for a European Under-19 tournament. We were intending to take them on pre-season tour. It's absolute chaos."

Ferguson added that the players will have the final say and if they decide not to be involved in the tournament, Team GB will have no choice but to make do without them

“I have no jurisdiction - it is up to the players themselves. But if the players don't want to go, there is nothing they can do.”

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