Paul McCartney criticises Team GB over David Beckham Olympics omission

Beatles legend insists Beckham should have been included in Team GB's Olympic football squad

Paul McCartney has criticised Team GB for failing to include David Beckham in its Olympic football squad.

According to Olympic football tournament rules, national teams are limited to players aged 23 and younger. However, each manager is allowed to pick three older players as “wildcards” for his 18-man squad.

Team GB boss Stuart Pearce had been expected to select David Beckham, 37, in recognition of his efforts during London’s successful bid to host the 2012 games. However, Pearce made a controversial decision to pass on Beckham in favour of 38-year-old Ryan Giggs, 33-year-old Craig Bellamy and 24-year-old Micah Richards.

In an interview with ShortList, McCartney criticised the decision, saying: “I would’ve thought Beckham would be first choice because of his huge contribution to getting the Olympics. 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.'”

McCartney also insisted that Beckham’s disappointing recent performances on the pitch should not have counted him out, adding: “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.”

Last month, McCartney confirmed that he will be performing at the Olympic Games opening ceremony. Beckham will also make a cameo appearance at the event, which takes place on Friday (July 27) at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London.