Jade Johnson, one of England's gold medal hopes for next year's Commonwealth Games, criticised two leading athletes who have rejected the chance to compete in Melbourne.
Triple jumper Nathan Douglas and Birchfield Harriers long jumper Nathan Morgan, who won in Manchester in 2002, were notable absentees when the England team was announced yesterday.
Both have informed chief coach Brad McStravick that they will be concentrating their efforts on the financially lucrative World Indoor Championships in Moscow immediately prior to the Melbourne Games.
Athletes can double up but long jumper Johnson, aiming to go one better than Manchester where she won the silver medal, has taken the alternative decision and will compete only in Melbourne.
"I"m not going to the World Indoors because I want to put all my efforts into the Commonwealth Games," she said.
"The money isn't an issue for me because I want to win a gold medal. If you win the medals, the money will follow.
"When people see pound signs or dollar signs or euro signs it allows them to think about that rather than what the bigger picture is. For me it isn't about the money or the greed, it's always been about the medals.
" The Commonwealth Games is a major championship and it's always bigger than any championship indoors.
"I want to come back from the Commonwealths, have a rest and get back into the summer for the Europeans."
Johnson believes she is over the serious back injury which ruled her out of this summer's World Championships in Helsinki.
She suffered a prolapsed disc, which virtually always requires surgery, but has been told that six weeks of complete rest appears to have solved the problem. She aims to return to competitive action in January.
"Hopefully I'm better now," said Johnson as she described how her determination to continue training resulted in the injury.
"I got diagnosed with a chest infection on the Sunday and, as athletes do, I decided to go training on the Monday
when I did the weights and jarred my back."
Meanwhile, leading medal hopes Kelly Holmes and Ashia Hansen will have to prove their fitness well in advance with the selectors warning the 80-strong team that they will not take any athletes who are not 100 per cent fit.
Double Athens Olympic gold-medallist Holmes, who has been suffering from an Achilles problem, has promised to give a final decision by the middle of December and the team management plan to arrange a fitness deadline with Birchfield triple jumper Hansen, who is aiming for a third successive Commonwealth Games gold medal after missing the World Championships as a result of severely damaging her knee in Poland last May.
Paula Radcliffe has been selected to defend the 5,000m title she won in a then-Commonwealth record time in Manchester three years ago as well as the 10,000m but has already announced she will only compete in one race at Melbourne.
Olympic medallists Kelly Brotherton and Mark Lewis-Franics head the Birchfield contingent. Heptathlete bronze medallist Sotherton has been chosen for the long jump, while Athens relay gold medallist Lewis-Francis joins Jason Gardner in the 100 metres and the relay.
Tom Parsons (high jump), Scott Rider (shot) and Zoe Derham (hammer) also represent the Stags, while Coventry Godiva provide sprinter Marlon Devonish (200m and relay), another member of the Olympic quartet, and Tina Brown. AAA champion Brown shattered the British record in the 3,000m steeplechase at a Grand Prix meeting in Rieti, Italy at the end of last month.