Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has expressed shock at former teammate David Beckham’s Team GB snub.
Olympic football squad manager Stuart Pearce decided against making Beckham one of the three over-23 players allowed in the 18-man squad, instead choosing to take another Scholes teammate, Ryan Giggs, Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards of Manchester City.
It was almost assumed that Beckham would be included in the squad, especially since Pearce made two separate trips to watch him play for LA Galaxy in the MLS.
Scholes was one of those who thought the former England captain’s contribution to London being awarded the games would mean his inclusion was certain.
“It’s a shame about Becks. It’s surprising as well, after everything David did to help London get the Olympics,” he said.
“That’s Stuart Pearce’s decision, but I feel sorry for David as I’m sure he’d have loved to have played in it.”
There was a sizeable backlash after news broke of Pearce’s snub, with many claiming Beckham deserved to be there after his influence over the final decision of where the game will be held.
Pearce’s response was that the squad was picked purely for football reasons and he would not have taken the job if he was pressurised into picking anybody.