Giggs chosen to captain Team GB

By Alex Byrom
Deputy Football Editor



39 year old Ryan Giggs has captaincy aplenty after 22 years at Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has been named as Great Britain captain for the Olympics.

Head Coach Stuart Pearce said a number of players were capable of the role, but Giggs was the "standout captain" in his 18-man London 2012 squad.

"He has got the respect of all the members of the group," said Pearce, whose side face Senegal at Old Trafford in their opening game on 26 July.

Giggs said: "Obviously I have experience and I can pass that on."

The 38 year-old, one of three over-age players in the squad along with Bellamy and Richards, will lead out Team GB for the first time when they face Brazil at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on 20 July in an Olympic warm-up game.

Giggs's trophy-laden career at United includes 12 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues titles.

"I looked at the squad and I thought there are some good candidates there," said Pearce, who provoked controversy by not picking David Beckham in his Team GB squad.

"Aaron Ramsey captains Wales, Micah Richards has captained Manchester City at times, Craig Bellamy for the experience he's had and one or two others within the camp as well.

"But I think Ryan is the standout captain amongst the group."

Giggs, who retired from international football in 2007, revealed in a recent interview that it "would be nice" to represent Team GB.

He never experienced tournament football during his Wales career because of their failure to reach either the World Cup or European finals during his long career.

"Obviously, everybody is excited about it, about the Olympics coming to London and coming to different parts of Britain," said Giggs.

"I've spoken to Stuart Pearce but I think the majority of players have.

"It would be nice to be involved in a tournament atmosphere because I've never experienced that."

After facing Senegal, Team GB meet United Arab Emirates at Wembley on 29th July and complete their group fixtures against Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium on 1st August.

Click here to watch the interview with Ryan Giggs after captain confirmation


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