It's easy to feel bad about David Beckham not making the Great Britain team that will represent not just England but a much larger swath of the Commonwealth at the Olympics. The 37-year-old midfielder had campaigned tirelessly to be included and was named to the squad's initial 35-player short list. He also carried the torch, and he still seems likely to be the face of the London Summer Games in some capacity.

But rather than lament Beckham's loss, Team GB will be a celebration of sorts for his former Manchester United teammate Ryan Giggs, who is even older at 38. Giggs has played 21 ageless years in the Premier League but has never had a chance to vie for a major international trophy with the Welsh national team, which last qualified for the European championships in 1976 and last played in the World Cup in 1958.

Giggs will be joined by fellow Welshman Craig Bellamy and English defender Micah Richards as the three overage players allowed on the under-23 team.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com