Ryan Giggs named as Team GB captain

Ryan Giggs has been confirmed as Team GB captain for the Olympics Games this summer.

The Manchester United veteran is one of five Welsh players that have been selected in Stuart Pearce’s contingent, and is the oldest player at 37-years old; the news was released on the Football Association’s website.

“Stuart Pearce has today confirmed that Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs will be captain of the Team GB Men’s football squad at London 2012,” a statement reads.

“Giggs, a winner of 12 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two UEFA Champions League competitions, will be competing at his first international tournament.

“Giggs is one of the three ‘over age’ players permitted under the Olympic football tournament rules, alongside fellow Welshman Craig Bellamy and Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards.

“Team GB will play their first match in half a century when they take on Brazil at the Riverside Stadium on Friday 20 July,” it concluded.

Giggs has admitted that he is delighted to be chosen in the role, and hopes to act as a frame of reference for the younger players.

“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.

“It is a tremendous honour to be part of the Olympics. Stuart has given me the captaincy, which is even better so I am really looking forward to it.

“It is a unique experience and one from the start that I wanted to be part of when I got the opportunity,” he revealed.

By Gareth McKnight