Cleverley: Giggs can lead Team GB to glory

Tom Cleverley believes Ryan Giggs will be an inspirational leader as Team GB begin their Olympic Games campaign against Senegal on Thursday.

Giggs will lead out Team GB at Old Trafford, a ground that the Welshman has made his home with Manchester United over the past 21 years.

But it will be the 38-year-old's first ever match in a major international tournament - and United team-mate Cleverley says the whole team want to win for Giggs, while he also insists Team GB have the players to excel in the competition.

"I've got a great role-model here that I can learn off in Giggsy," said Cleverley, who made 15 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson's side in an injury-hit 2011/12 season.

"He has had an unbelievable career, probably the best that I will ever see. It's amazing that he hasn't played in a major international tournament, and I'm pleased for him that he can do that - and now we have to pull together to win gold.

"And we've got talent throughout the squad; that's why we're all here. We are going to need the whole squad to do it, but I think we have the talent, pace, and enthusiasm to do well.

"We're also dynamic and we've got the experience of Giggsy and Craig Bellamy to go with that, so we have all the ingredients to do well - we just need to bring it all together on the day.

"And not only do we all play the same way; we're all Reading off the same page. Everyone is a great and we're all getting on and having a laugh together."