Ryan Giggs has a mixture of emotions after becoming Team Great Britain’s captain.
Giggs is hoping he may soon be adding an Olympic gold medal to his long list of honours but he is disappointed for former Manchester United team-mate David Beckham who was inexplicably excluded.
The 38-year-old Welshman – one of three overage players in the squad, – makes his first appearance at a major international tournament after a lengthy and hugely successful club career.
“Obviously it is a tremendous honour to be part of the Olympics,” the Manchester United midfielder said. “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 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.”
Giggs had been expected to feature for Team GB alongside Beckham, but the LA Galaxy midfielder was conspicuous by his absence when the squad was named.
“It is disappointing for David,” Giggs said. “As a friend I am disappointed for him but as a player you’ve just get on with it and just try to enjoy the experience – and that is what I am trying to do.”
Pearce, the Team GB manager, said Daniel Sturridge will be assessed this week to see whether he is able to play at London 2012. The 22-year-old Chelsea forward fell ill last week with viral meningitis.