Scholes disappointed for Becks, pleased for Giggs

Scholes disappointed for Becks, pleased for Giggs
By Eurosport

11/07/2012 at 19:59Updated 11/07/2012 at 21:58

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."

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."