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Saturday 12 July 2014

Paul McCartney slams 'idiot' Stuart Pearce over David Beckham omission

David Beckham (right) and Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee Lord Coe, during a visit to the Olympic Stadium in 2010

Sir Paul McCartney has hit out at the decision to leave David Beckham out of Team GB's Olympic soccer team.

Beckham was omitted from coach Stuart Pearce's squad despite playing a key role in the team that won the Games for London.

Beatles legend Sir Paul said: "I would've thought Beckham would be first choice because of his huge contribution to getting the Olympics. But some idiot decided otherwise.

"I feel a bit sorry for the three over-23s because we're going to be looking at them and saying 'That should have been Beckham.' He's a national hero, a crowd-puller."

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