Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has been handed the captain’s armband of the football team for Team Great Britain at the London Olympic Games. The former Wales international is one of three players over the age of 23 years picked for the side by Stuart Pearce and will lead the team out when they take on Uruguay, Senegal and the United Arab Emirates later in the month. The 38 year old is the oldest player that has been named in the side and is also the most decorated player of the team with 12 English Premier League titles, 5 FA Cup wins and 2 UEFA Champions League titles to his name but the Olympic Games in London represent the first major competition for Gigs in international level.
The left winger was capped 64 times by his country Wales and also captained the side before he retired from the international game back in 2007. Craig Bellamy, another Welshman and Micah Richards of Manchester City are the other two over age players who have been named into the side by Stuart Pearce. However, no players from either Scotland or Northern Ireland have managed a place in the side.
As soon as it was revealed that the countries of the United Kingdom were in talks over sending a united football team to the London Olympic Games, Giggs had put his hand up to play in the Games and manager Stuart Pearce has duly obliged by not only picking him but also naming his as the captain. And speaking of his role as the skipper of the side, Giggs stated that not only is he extremely proud of making it to the Olympic side, the fact that he will also captain the side makes it all the more special.
He also went on to add that it was an honor for him to captain Team Great Britain and thanked Pearce for trusting him with the captain’s arm band. Giggs mentioned that it was a unique experience, something which he wanted to be a part of from the start and now that he has got that opportunity, he is looking forward to living up to the expectations of the manager and the whole nation. And with so much talk about former England captain David Beckham not being chosen for the team, Giggs added that it was a disappointment but everyone moves on from these setbacks. Giggs further explained that as his friend and former team mate, he was disappointed that Beckham was not picked for the side but it was up to Stuart and he decided that it was the best way forward for the side.
When asked about the targets for the Olympic Games, the Welshman was quite clear that he wanted to add the Gold Medal from the Olympic Games to his already burgeoning trophy cabinet. He admitted that not having played in any international tournament for his country hurts him and he wants to make up for it by winning the Gold for Team GB.
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