Evergreen Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has been named as the captain of the Team GB football side for the 2012 Olympics.
The 38 year old was selected as one of three over-age players in Stuart Pearce’s 18-man squad and he will not have the honour of leading the team out in his first ever full-international tournament.
A statement released on the Football Association’s official website read “Stuart Pearce has today (Sunday) confirmed that Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs will be captain of the Team GB Men’s football squad at London 2012
“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.”
Giggs revealed his pride and excitement at being selected both for the squad and as captain saying “Obviously it is a tremendous honour to be part of the Olympics,”
“Stuart has obviously given the 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.
“I think it just got more and more exciting as the Games got nearer and then when the squads were announced I was obviously really, really proud to be involved.”