Olympics squad announced

The GB football squad for the London 2012 Olympics has been announced.

GB coach Stuart Pearce named three Swansea players in the squad, who are the most represented team. Ryan Giggs, Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy are the three older players who can be used in the squad, with the surprise omission of David Beckham.

I think Beckham should have been in the squad. I know no player has a divine right to be selected, but after all the work he’s put in being an ambassador for the UK with the Olympics and the World Cup bid, along with a good, successful career across the world, he’d have been the first choice for me to captain the squad.

I’d have selected him instead of Micah Richards, and swapped either Allen or Sinclair for another good defender. It would have been nice to see Giggs and Beckham link up on either wing again and see if they could still run riot like they used to.

It’s definitely a good shop window for Giggs, who I think will be looking to maybe have a season in the US after he’s decided playing in the Premier League is too much for him.

I’m also glad to see Boro’s Jason Steele selected. He’s been a great number one for Middlesbrough this season after coming through the academy, but I don’t think he’ll get his game ahead of Birmingham’s Jack Butland which is completely wrong considering he can’t get into his own side, and has only made 24 appearances for Cheltenham Town over the past two years.

GB’s chances of a medal are very high I think. I’m not sure we will get a gold, but bronze is definitely within our grasp, especially with the firepower of Bellamy and Sturridge – who I’d have a bet on playing every single minute if they’re fit.

The rest of the squad is listed below, alphabetically in order of position:

Goalkeepers
J Butland (Birmingham)
J Steele (Middlesbrough)

Defenders
R Bertrand (Chelsea)
S Caulker (Tottenham)
C Dawson (West Brom)
M Richards (Manchester City)
N Taylor (Swansea)
J Tomkins (West Ham)

Midfielders
J Allen (Swansea)
T Cleverley (Manchester United)
J Cork (Southampton)
R Giggs (Manchester United) 
A Ramsey (Arsenal)
D Rose (Tottenham)
S Sinclair (Swansea)

Forwards
C Bellamy (Liverpool)
D Sturridge (Chelsea)
M Sordell (Bolton)

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