Sir Paul McCartney has lambasted the decision to leave David Beckham out of the British Olympics football team.
In an exclusive interview with ShortList he said: “He’s a national hero. 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.’
"He’s a national hero, a crowd-puller.”
Team GB boss Stuart Pearce picked Craig Bellamy, 33, Ryan Giggs, 38, and Micah Richards, 24, as his over-age players ahead of Beckham.
Sir Paul went on: “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.”
Read the full interview here.