• London Olympics 2012

Giggs gutted by Beckham snub

ESPN staff
June 30, 2012
Ryan Giggs and David Beckham will not be reunited as Team GB team-mates © Getty Images

Ryan Giggs has revealed his disappointment that former Manchester United team-mate David Beckham didn't make the cut for the Great Britain Olympics football squad.

Giggs, 38, was one of three over-age players - the others being Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards - picked by coach Staurt Pearce for his 18-man squad. However, having played with Beckham for ten years at Old Trafford, the Welshman feels sad that his friend was not one of those selected.

"Obviously 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," Giggs told BBC One. "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."

Giggs has never played in a major championship with Wales and is relishing the chance to be part of Team GB.

"I'm really excited," he added. "Coming to London and feeling the buzz around the place for the Olympics, seeing the signs everywhere. It's a massive event and one I am looking forward to."

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