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Captain Giggs to lead GB's race for gold

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Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has been named as Great Britain captain for the Olympics.

The 38-year-old Welshman has had an illustrious football career – a record of 12 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions Leagues speaking for itself – and he will now skipper Stuart Pearce's side as they strive for Olympic glory.

Giggs (pictured) is one of three over-age players picked by Psycho. He joins fellow Welshman Craig Bellamy and Manchester City defender Micah Richards in the squad.

Team GB start their campaign on Thursday, July 26 against Senegal at Giggs' shrine, Old Trafford.

They then meet the United Arab Emirates at Wembley on Sunday, July 29, before taking on Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium in Giggs’ hometown of Cardiff the following Wednesday.

The Olympic Games will be the Welshman's first taste of an international tournament.

"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," read a statement released on the Football Association's official website.

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