The LA Galaxy midfielder was expected to be one of the overage players in the British squad, however Pearce opted for other competitors.
Neville has stated that the manager was correct in his decision and could only pick players on merit.
“I’ve spoken to David and he’s disappointed. He wanted to be part of it. It was a dream of his. This would have been a great occasion for him,” Neville is quoted as saying by The Sun.
“I’m disappointed for him as a friend, but professionally I can understand that there are difficult decisions to be made. We live in a man’s world. You have to front up when you get disappointments.”
Ryan Giggs will be part of the Team GB squad however, and Neville is expecting the Welsh maestro to show his worth.
“He’s an absolutely brilliant player who I’m sure will light up these Olympics. But he’ll only think it’s a great moment if GB win,” Neville confessed.
By Gareth McKnight