Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce is delighted with the form of his veteran players.
And now Team GB are on the brink of the last eight after a draw with Senegal and a win over the United Arab Emirates.
Pearce explained: “Craig Bellamy is as good a professional on the training pitch as I’ve worked with — and Ryan is a similar ilk.
“They are great role models to the younger players. If they are unsure how to conduct themselves as professionals, recovering from matches, stretches, doing the rehab, I tell them to look at these two.
“With them you get the whole package. They get picked for what they can do ability-wise and that was the first port of call when I spoke to those two individuals.
“From there, I wouldn’t say we have been surprised — their response was just what we expected. The professionalism of both is incredible."