Man United’s Scholes admits surprise at Beckham’s Team GB snub
Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes admits his surprise at seeing former team-mate David Beckham left out of Team GB
Paul Scholes is praising Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs as Great Britain’s Olympic football captain – but shared disappointed for David Beckham’s omission.
The trio ignited English football in the 90s as part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s golden generation – including the Neville brothers – but the Welshman never got his chance in a big tournament.
Stuart Pearce selected Giggs and Tom Cleverley from the Reds, and Manchester City’s Micah Richards completes the over-23 along with Craig Bellamy.
But there was no room for LA Galaxy’s Beckham in the 18-man squad, leaving Paul Scholes, along with many, dissatisfied.
“It’s a shame about Becks,” Scholes told MUTV. “It’s surprising as well, after everything David did to help London get the Olympics.
“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.”
But Scholes is convinced that United veteran, and recently crowned the best player of the Premier League’s 20-year history, Giggs is set to shine after taking the armband.
“From speaking to Ryan, I can tell he’s looking forward to it,” Scholes added. “I hope they do well. I don’t see any reason why they won’t do as they’ve got a very good squad.
“Obviously there are other squads in it who want to win the gold medal but I’m sure Ryan will lead the team well and hopefully they’ll go a long way in the tournament.
“Ryan’s been unfortunate as Wales didn’t manage to qualify [for a World Cup or European Championship] whilst he was playing for them.
“So it’s a good chance for him to play in a big tournament. I just hope they can do well and go all the way and win it.”
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