Last Updated: 12/07/12 10:41am
David Beckham: LA Galaxy midfielder was left out of the Team GB squad
Paul Scholes has expressed his sympathy for his friend David Beckham after he was omitted from the Team GB Olympic squad.
The LA Galaxy midfielder played a prominent role in the bidding team that helped London secure the Olympic Games this summer.
Yet, Team GB boss Stuart Pearce opted to leave the 37-year-old out of his final 18-man squad, much to Scholes' surprise.
"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."
While the former England captain failed to claim one of the three over-age places in the Under-23 squad, Ryan Giggs received a call-up and was named captain.
Giggs earned 64 caps for Wales but has never appeared for his country in a major international tournament.
For the evergreen United maestro, his participation for Team GB this summer should provide the perfect tonic for those disappointments.
"From speaking to Ryan, I can tell he's looking forward to it," added Scholes.
"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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