David Beckham gives verdict on Man Utd trio’s performances at Soccer Aid

David Beckham has praised former team-mates Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney – all of whom have come out of retirement to play for England in Soccer Aid

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Soccer Aid: David Beckham arrives at Etihad Stadium

David Beckham has praised his former Manchester United team-mates taking part in Soccer Aid insisting “you never lose it”.

The 46-year-old is watching from the stands at the Etihad Stadium whilst Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney all come out of retirement for the night.

Neville has taken on an unconventional role at centre-half alongside Sky colleague Jamie Carragher.

He spent his United days playing at right-back, but Scholes has reassumed his role in the centre of midfield alongside Rooney.

Beckham and Rooney narrowly missed each other at Old Trafford but spent many games as team-mates with England.

The Inter Miami owner was quizzed on the trio at half-time and only had good words to say.

Wayne Rooney has come out of retirement to play in central midfield for England

“I mean to be honest, when you look at someone like Scholesy, you never lose that kind of pass,” he said on ITV. “He’s pinging balls here, there and everywhere.

“With Wayne, Wayne’s always going to be dangerous on the ball and Gazza (Neville) has looked comfortable at the back with Carra.

“But I think they’re looking pretty good.”

Beckham was then asked for a score prediction, to which he replied 2-0, but said “we’ll see” when asked who he thought would emerge victorious.

England and the World XI were goalless at half-time with the Three Lions looking to gain revenge for a penalty shootout loss last year.

Paul Scholes and Gary Neville are also part of England’s line-up

Neville has already joked that he only got involved so that he could play alongside some of his former team-mates once more, furthering his chance of winning.

He said: “I’ve always watched it but never thought I wanted to play in it.

“I finally got persuaded because it meant I could play in a team with Rooney and Scholes again and this hopefully means I’m on the winning team.”

Beckham, himself a UNICEF ambassador, has spoken about the incredible work performed by the charity and urged those watching to donate.

He said: “I’m delighted to be attending Soccer Aid for UNICEF in my role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. What a year it has been for football and I can’t wait to watch England take on the Soccer Aid World XI in what is set to be an incredible match.

“I have been a Goodwill Ambassador for over 16 years and have seen first-hand the incredible work that UNICEF does for children around the world.

“Soccer Aid for UNICEF has never been more important, with the Covid crisis making life for kids in the world’s poorest countries even harder.

“With the support of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, donations will go twice as far in supporting the health and nutrition of kids around the world.”

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