Sir Paul McCartney has dipped into the media cafuffle surrounding David Beckham’s omission from the Great Britain Men’s Olympic football squad, telling ShortList he believes the former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar should have been ‘the first choice’ when manager Stuart Pearce picked his group of players.
“I would’ve thought Beckham would be first choice because of his huge contribution to getting the Olympics,” McCartney has said. “But some idiot decided otherwise. I feel a bit sorry for the three over-23s because we’re going to be looking at them and saying, ‘That should’ve been Beckham.'”
“It would’ve been great for him to lead out our British football team. But some person somewhere said, ‘So-and-so’s playing better.’ Like it matters.”
This summer’s London Olympics marks the first time since 1960 that a British football team will compete, with the 18-man squad being made up of 15 players under the age of 23 and three others over the age-cap. The three ‘wildcard’ players picked ahead of Beckham were Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards.