GB coach Pearce hails Man Utd ace Giggs, Liverpool's Bellamy

Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce is delighted with the form of his veteran players.

Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce is delighted with the form of his veteran players.

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and Liverpool attacker Craig Bellamy have been in top form for Great Britain.

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."

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