Ryan Giggs has admitted he wishes David Beckham was in the Great
Britain Olympics football squad with him.
The former England captain has spoken of his disappointment at not making the 18-man party, with coach Stuart Pearce picking Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards as his three over-age players.
Giggs played alongside Beckham for ten years at Manchester United before the latter moved to Real Madrid in 2003.
Giggs said: As a former team-mate and a friend of David I am disappointed for him, but he will take it on the chin and carry on his career.
"It's one of those things, it was not meant to be.
"That's Stuart Pearce's job, to pick a team that he thinks will win, and that's what he's done. Unfortunately, David is not in that 18.
"I would like to say as a friend I wish he was. But I am sure the lads who are picked will go out and do the best they can." Also surprised by Beckham's absence is former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.
While Beckham is now expected to play a leading role as an ambassador during the Games, Eriksson expressed disappointment his former skipper was not selected.
He said: "I haven't seen Beckham play for a long time but I think David should be there because it is the Olympic Games, it is Great Britain, it is England, it is London.
"So I would have picked him, put him on the bench at the very least.
"I hope he will be involved in some way in the Olympic Games, it's important." "David is an icon, he should be involved in the Olympic Games in some way.
"If he can't be in the football team I hope he can be involved in some other way. " Turning his attention to England's efforts at Euro 2012, where they went out at the quarter-final stage after defeat to Italy, Eriksson praised the defence but concurred with the general consensus that they must address their inability to keep the ball. But he is optimistic new manager Roy Hodgson will address the matter with some urgency.
"I am sure Roy is thinking about it. England have to improve there, absolutely, " he added.
"Considering the time he had to prepare he did well, and Roy will hopefully sort it out in the future because I think that has to be better if they want to win a big tournament."
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