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After Stuart Pearce led the men's side to the quarter-finals by topping Group C after a 1-0 win over Uruguay, asks who has stood out the most for the hosts?


Team GB progressed to the quarter-finals of the London 2012 men's football tournament by vanquishing Group C favourites Uruguay 1-0 at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday night and finishing top of the table.

Stuart Pearce's host side have impressed after an iffy start, drawing 1-1 with Senegal in their opening match before dispatching UAE 3-1 at Wembley on Sunday, leading to wonder: Who has been their best player so far?

Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs, the captain, was rested for the Uruguay match but scored the opener against the Emirati side to the delight of the home crowd.

He is one of several Welshman to have excelled: forward and vice-captain Craig Bellamy earning standing ovations left, right and centre thanks to his industry and determination; Joe Allen's class on the ball proving him the standout player in Cardif; and Aaron Ramsey winning plaudits in an advanced midfield role.

The English contingent have held their own, too. In goal, Jack Butland has answered some of the questions raised after his unexpected call-up to the Euro 2012 squad earlier this summer by demonstrating a solid presence between the sticks.

Allen's deep midfield partner, Tom Cleverley, is making up ground after missing out on Poland and Ukraine and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet at Wembley, while Daniel Sturridge improved after a lacklustre first match with goals in both subsequent outings, including the lone strike that downed Uruguay.


So who has been the standout player in Team GB's crowd-pleasing ascent to the knockout stages? If they go on to win a medal, who will they have to thank? We want to hear from you. Vote in our poll and leave a comment below or get involved on Facebook and Twitter.

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