Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has been appointed captain of
football team for the Olympics
Stuart Pearce said that a number of players were capable of the role, but Giggs was the “standout captain” in the 18 man squad.
The 38-year-old player said: “It’s a tremendous honor to be captain.”
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Giggs is one of the 3 over-age player in the squad, will lead Great Britain team to face Brazil on 20th July in a warm-up match at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.
In his career, Giggs has had 12 Premier League titles and 2 Champions League with Manchester United.
“He’s got the respect of all members of the group,” said Pearce, who provoked controversy by not picking David Beckham in the team GB party. “I looked at the squad and I thought there are some good candidates there.”
"Aaron Ramsey captains
Micah Richards has captained at times, Craig
Bellamy for the experience he's had and one or two others within the camp as
"But I think Ryan is the standout captain amongst the group.
"It was the easiest decision of my managerial career. He has been one of the best professionals of the last 20 years.”
Giggs, who retired from international football since 2007, did not experience much competitive football for
Wales because of their failure to
reach World Cup or European Championship.
on 26 July, Great Britain
will meet United Arab
Emirates at Wembley on 29 July.
Pearce also revealed that Daniel Sturridge, who missed the preparation camp at Loughborough and will miss training sessions in
Spain next week
due to viral meningitis, will be assessed early next week to see if he fits for
He said: “If he is truly fit, he will stay with us. If we think there are any doubts in any shape or form, we will call someone else to replace him.
“July 25 is the latest we can make that decision”.