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Giggs unbowed by GB exit

5 August 2012 09:39

Ryan Giggs believes Great Britain's young stars have bright futures ahead of them despite exiting the 2012 Olympics against South Korea.

Celtic's Ki Sung-Yeung sent South Korea into the sem-finals after Daniel Sturridge saw his spot-kick saved, with Team GB bowing out 5-4 in the shootout following a 1-1 draw at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

It was a disappointing end to a campaign which promised much when Stuart Pearce's men qualified top of Group A, but after the match Giggs stressed the overall experience was a very positive one.

"Of course, it's disappointing," he said.

"Ultimately we just weren't quite good enough.

"They were well organised, and made it hard for us to play our football. Overall though, it's been a fantastic experience, one the players and the staff have enjoyed.

"It was a pleasure to play with so many talented young players. Some I knew, some I didn't, but there's a lot of talent in that dressing room.

"Hopefully they can take it back to their clubs now and have good seasons. They deserve it, because their attitudes have been brilliant.

"It's been a pleasure to play with them, to be around them, and to train with them."

Giggs singled out countryman and reported Liverpool target Joe Allen for praise after a series of impressive displays by the emerging Swansea star at London 2012.

"I think they're all talented players, and they can all step it up even more," he said.

"Hopefully this tournament can provide that stepping stone.

"Joe is someone I took a close interest in because he's Welsh. He's such a talented player, and the way Swansea played last season was great to see. He'll go on to have a good career."

The Manchester United veteran is adamant Britain should field a football team in Rio 2016, despite coach Stuart Pearce suggesting the Olympic team is unlikely to have a future.

"I would want young players to experience what I experienced here at this Olympic tournament, and to play against good, organised teams," Giggs said.

"It can only be good for players' development and their experience. I've never experienced it before, and I'll cherish every moment of it.

"It's going to be hard, because there are a lot of sceptics out there, but within, you'll get the same answer from all the players."

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