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Stuart Pearce Names 18-Man Team GB Football Squad for Summer Olympics

Stuart Pearce has named his 18-man squad for the Team GB football squad to play in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

After last week’s news that David Beckham would not be included in the squad, the attention has switched to focus on the youngsters — and a few older footballers — who will be flying the British flag at the Summer Olympics.

The 18-man Team GB football squad is as follows:

  • Joe Allen (Swansea City)
  • Craig Bellamy (Liverpool)
  • Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea)
  • Jack Butland (Birmingham City)
  • Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Tom Cleverley (Manchester United)
  • Jack Cork (Southampton)
  • Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion)
  • Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
  • Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
  • Micah Richards (Manchester City)
  • Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Scott Sinclair (Swansea City)
  • Marvin Sordell (Bolton Wanderers)
  • Jason Steele (Middlesbrough)
  • Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)
  • Neil Taylor (Swansea City)
  • James Tomkins (West Ham United)

Out of all the teams represented, Swansea City has the most players represented (3). The 18-man Great Britain football squad is comprised mostly of Premier League footballers, in addition to a few footballers from Championship sides. Goalkeeper Jack Butland will be in the nets, with Jason Steele as the back-up goalkeeper.

The men’s football matches at the Summer Olympics begin on July 26, 2012 when Great Britain plays Senegal at Old Trafford.

Other than Senegal, Team GB will play UAE and Uruguay in their group games, where they’ll be competing in the competition for the first time since 1960.

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  1. Pete

    July 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    No Rodwell, Wilshere, Walker, Welbeck, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Gibbs, Ox, Henderson

    Why not just say we can’t be arsed and have done with it?

    • The Gaffer

      July 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Most of those players are either injured or have just returned from Euro 2012 duty, where they deserve a rest before the new season begins.

      The Gaffer

      • Dawn Woodward

        July 21, 2012 at 6:03 am

        I haven’t found anyone yet who is actually interested – I think Mr P wiped out 90% of interest when he left Beckham out. Used to love Mr P, was a hero, now just think he’s a complete arse. (sorry don’t normally swear on the internet but feel very strongly).

        Also feel very strongly about the team GB kit which is blue & white – it’s being held in London and we haven’t even got our own flag correctly represented – well done Stella McCartney and your Scottish heritage.

  2. Nooblior

    July 3, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Is Rodwell even on the squad?

  3. Matt

    July 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Brazil is taking it pretty seriously, the team they are taking to the Olympics will pretty much be the core of their team for the 2014 World Cup and they already beat the Denmark’s & USA’s “A” team in friendly matches, so they will be interesting to watch for that purpose. They are desperate for Gold as well.

    As for other EPL players; Suarez & Coates will be in the Uruguay squad, Figueroa of Wigan is one for Honduras and De Gea will most likely be in the Spain squad.

    Usually the South American and African sides take it seriously, the European sides don’t as the Olympics usually take place when club seasons are about to start and clubs are usually hesistant to release their players. I know for Liverpool, Suarez will miss the entire preseason pretty much, especially if Uruguay make a deep run

    • Matt

      July 2, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Also the fact the Olympics are the same year as the Euro’s, I forgot to mention, is another reason why the European sides don’t really care about it too much

      The South American sides meanwhile will be coached by the “A” team manager…Tabarez will coach Uruguay, Menezes will coach Brazil and apparently if he doesn’t win gold will get the sack

      Ryan Nelsen is another EPL player who will play in this tournament, overage selection for New Zealand

  4. Pete

    July 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Football shouldn’t be in the Olympics, the Olympics should be the ultimate for the people taking part and for footballers it is not. This team is far from the best Great Britain could have put out in a under 23 with 3 older players tournament.
    I can’t speak for other nations but we seem to be treating it as a bit of a joke and for me it should be a case of take it serious or don’t bother playing in it at all, it’s not like we have before now.

  5. gbewing

    July 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I thought Bale was announced as on the team? In general this side looks more interesting and perhaps even more promising that the Euro team. I think they have a chance to go pretty deep. Giggs a perfect add for these kids

    • jtm371

      July 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Bale injured i think a thigh injury.

  6. CTBlues

    July 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I’m supprised you didn’t list the players nationality since it has been such a big talking about about this team.

    • The Gaffer

      July 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      It ended up only being Welsh and English players. Scotland and Northern Ireland opted out.

      The Gaffer

      • Davis

        July 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm

        Did they opt out? or were they just not chosen? I have heard both…

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