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Captain Giggs eyes golden summer
Published : 08 Jul 2012 16:17:28Rss feed
Team GB captain Ryan Giggs believes he may soon be adding an Olympic gold medal to his long list of footballing honours.
The 38-year-old Manchester United veteran has been named as skipper of the 18-man Olympic squad by manager Stuart Pearce. Giggs, one of three overage players, will be making his first appearance at a major tournament this summer after a lengthy and hugely successful club career.
"Obviously it is a tremendous honour to be part of the Olympics," he told Press Association Sport.
"Stuart has obviously 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 and 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 team. It is going to be tough, but we have a good chance."
Giggs had been expected to feature for Team GB alongside former United team-mate David Beckham this summer, but LA Galaxy midfielder was conspicuous by his absence when the squad was unveiled.
"It is disappointing for David, obviously not being involved," Giggs said of his omission.
"As a friend I am disappointed for him but as a player you just get on with it and just try to enjoy the experience and that is what I am trying to do."