Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has been named as Great Britain captain for the Olympics.
The 38-year old has made over 900 appearances for Manchester United and is one of three over-age players selected in Stuart Pearce’s 18-man squad. He will be leading the team for the first time when they take on Brazil at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on 20 July in a warm-up game.
Giggs, a winner of 12 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League competitions, will be competing at his first international tournament.
Coach Stuart Pearce said a number of players were capable of the role, but Giggs was the “standout captain” in his 18-man London 2012 squad.
For the women’s team, Lincoln defender Casey Stoney has been named as captain for team GB and has won 103 caps for her country. The 30 year old, will lead out her team-mates in a friendly match against Sweden at the Riverside Stadium on Friday 20 July, before they face New Zealand, Cameroon and Brazil.