Stuart Pearce has announced that Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs will captain the Great Britain team at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament.
The Welshman was selected as one of Team GB’s three over-age players – along with compatriot Craig Bellamy and Manchester City defender Micah Richards – when Pearce named his 18-man squad on Monday.
The London Games represents the first opportunity for Giggs to appear at an international tournament, with Wales having failed to qualify for a FIFA World Cup™ or European Championship during the 38-year-old’s 16-year career with the Dragons.
The United star said: “Obviously I have experience and there are a lot of younger players in this squad. As captain, hopefully I can pass that on to them.”
Despite frustration for his country, Giggs has enjoyed a glittering career at Old Trafford since arriving as a schoolboy. The Welshman has won 12 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two UEFA Champions Leagues and one FIFA Club World Cup.
Great Britain will play Brazil in a pre-tournament friendly on 20 July before beginning their Group A campaign against Senegal at Old Trafford six days later. United Arab Emirates and Uruguay complete the section.