Ryan Giggs will captain the Great Britain football team at the London 2012 Olympics.

The Football Association announced on Sunday morning that the Manchester United winger would lead the hosts' bid for gold.

The 38-year-old is one of the three over-age players in Stuart Pearce's squad for the Games, alongside fellow Welshman Craig Bellamy and Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards.

"Obviously I have experience and there are a lot of younger players in this squad," Giggs told theFA.com. "As captain, hopefully I can pass that on to them."

Team GB will play their first match in half a century when they take on Brazil at the Riverside Stadium on Friday 20 July.

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