Ryan Giggs believes that Team GB's young stars have bright futures ahead of them despite suffering Olympic penalty shootout heartbreak at the hands of South Korea in Cardiff.
In a tight and tense quarterfinal clash at the Millennium Stadium, the two sides were unable to be separated after 120 minutes, but Celtic's Ki Sung-Yeung sent the visitors into the last four after Daniel Sturridge saw his spot kick saved.
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 that the overall experience was a very positive one.
"Of course, it's disappointing," he told reporters. "Ultimately we just weren't quite good enough. They were well organized 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."
Giggs went on to say that he was pleased to have shared the pitch with so many talented youngsters.
"It was a pleasure to play with so many talented young players," he said. "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."
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