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Dublin can't see beyond Brazil

STREET TALK: Dion Dublin discusses the Olympics with The Voice's Bart Chan

RED BUSES passed Stratford Town Hall almost as frequently as visitors through the station on their way to the Olympic Park.

It was the opening day of London 2012, hours before Danny Boyle’s highly anticipated show was set to begin.

Amidst vehicle exhausts and sports bound commuters, a man with a paper label stuck to his chest walked along a quieter street adjacent to the civic building.

Head down, a mobile pressed to his ear, Dion Dublin’s name-tag was superfluous in order for the Voice of Sport to recognise him.

The former England footballer was on his way from a BBC Radio Five Live event with a studio audience. Dublin is working as a pundit for the radio show, and is a commentator covering live Olympic football matches.

After ending his phone call, the ex-Coventry striker took some time out to share his thoughts on the Games.

“I think if we can find a bit of form”, Dublin answered in relation to Team GB’s men’s side claiming football gold. “I think Stuart Pearce has chosen his team carefully. There are some good players coming through. We have to raise our standards slightly, but you never know.”

However, the 43-year-old, who earned four England caps, was not willing to put money on British football gold. “Unfortunately for us, Brazil have been outstanding yet again. I can’t look beyond Brazil.”

David Beckham’s exclusion from the playing squad did not sit well with the BBC pundit. “I was disappointed. Even though he is 37, I still think he’s got the quality as a footballer to add to the team.”

The former centre forward, who scored 183 career goals, turned his attention to other events. “I do like watching the athletics, and I do like watching the gymnasts.

“Because of the amount of work they put into it to hit form at the right time is amazing. Four years hard work is a lot.”

It was time to go. The Leicester born man, wearing a dark blue polo shirt with his own name, crossed over the road. The traffic resumed, Dublin was out of sight, but certain to enjoy the Games with the rest of the nation.

*On Saturday 4 August at 7.20pm Team GB play South Korea in Cardiff.

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