After being named as Great Britain’s captain for the London Olympics this summer, Ryan Giggs has spoken of his excitement for the tournament.
Those assessing the latest soccer betting guide note how Stuart Pearce described the decision to name Giggs as his skipper as ‘the easy choice’ and the Manchester United man is certainly honoured to lead out Team GB as they aim for a gold medal.
The 38-year-old said: “I didn’t quite get to a major tournament with Wales, which will always remain a big disappointment. But it is great to be involved in the tournament environment – I’ve not experienced that before.”
“I have only been here a day but I am really looking forward to it.”
“Just like the Welsh lads involved, they’re Welsh but we just wanted an opportunity to play for Great Britain in an Olympics on home turf so I think it was a chance we couldn’t turn down.”
“It was one we’re excited about and if other people want to disagree with then that’s their prerogative, but as a player I am excited and can’t wait.”
One of the biggest stories with regards to the squad Pearce has picked of course was the omission of David Beckham. Many thought the LA Galaxy man deserved a place in the Olympics, especially after all the work he had done helping London secure the games.
However, Pearce decided that Beckham wasn’t up to the challenge and Giggs – who used to play with Beckham at Manchester United – admits that there is a tinge of disappointment that his former team-mate isn’t there.
On this subject, the Welshman said: “It is disappointing for David, obviously not being involved. 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.”
Speaking of Beckham, Frank Lampard is another man who has admitted his shock that he 37-year-old wasn’t involved.
The Chelsea man said: “After the way he was so heavily involved in getting the Games to London then yes I did think he would be playing at the Olympics. I know what Becks is like — he is so passionate about his country.”
“I know he would have gone full pelt for Team GB. And I think his big personality and presence would have been a major plus for the squad.”
“So it was a big surprise to me when he was left out especially after he was included in the initial squad.”
Team GB‘s Olympic campaign, led by Ryan Giggs, gets underway later this month.