Harry Redknapp has told Stuart Pearce to forget about every receiving a knighthood after the Team GB manager's controversial decision to omit David Beckham from his Olympic plans.
Former Tottenham boss Redknapp believes Pearce has made a bold call in shunning the nation's favourite footballer for the tournament, something he will forever be remembered for.
Redknapp himself admits he is sad that the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan man will be missing this summer.
'David is a great credit to the country,' he said. 'You could not wish for a better role model.
'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.'
Under Olympic rules, three players over the age of 23 can be selected in the 23-man squad. Pearce has opted for Welshmen Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy plus Manchester City defender Micah Richards, who wasn't selected for Euro 2012.