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Giggs to wear captain’s armband at Games


VETERAN MANCHESTER United footballer Ryan Giggs has been named captain for the Team GB football squad at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The 38-year-old former Wales international of Sierra Leone heritage, who is the oldest and most experienced player in the squad, has had one of the most successful careers in English football.

The midfielder has won 12 Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues winners medals in a 22-year career.

"Obviously it is a tremendous honour to be part of the Olympics,” said Giggs. "Stuart [Pearce] 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. I think it just got more exciting as the Games got nearer and then when the squads were announced I was obviously really, really proud to be involved. We hope we can get gold. That is what the players are hoping for.

"The players are winners and want to do well. You want that gold medal. It is going to be tough because a lot of the other nations have picked good players and have got good teams. It is going to be tough, but we have a good chance."

On June 2012, Giggs – together with Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy - was named as one of the three players over the age of 23 who will be representing Team GB at the Olympics.

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