Pearce names Team GB squad with Bellamy and Giggs fronting strong Welsh contingent
14:59 GMT, 2 July 2012
Five Welsh and 13 English players have been selected for Great Britain's men's Olympic squad for London 2012.
Team GB manager Stuart Pearce has not picked any Scottish or Northern Irish players for the tournament.
The announcement of the squad confirmed that David Beckham has missed out with Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards named as the three over-age players allowed – all the others have to be under-23.
Going for gold: Team GB men's football boss Stuart Pearce has named his squad for the London 2012 Olympics
TEAM GB MEN'S 18-MAN SQUAD
Jack Butland (Birmingham), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough); Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Craig Dawson (West Brom), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Neil Taylor (Swansea), James Tomkins (West Ham); Joe Allen (Swansea), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jack Cork (Southampton), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Scott Sinclair (Swansea); Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea).
Swansea have three players named, the
most of any club – Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor, while
Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, who has also been included, was on
loan at the Liberty Stadium last season.
Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge is also
chosen, as is Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Manchester United Tom
Cleverley. Tottenham's Gareth Bale would have been selected but has been
ruled out due to injury.
Pearce said: 'It has not been an easy
task to finalise my squad for this tournament, and the stature of the
competition and uniqueness of the occasion has underlined the importance
of every choice I have made.
Welsh wonders: United veteran Ryan Giggs and Liverpool's Craig Bellamy are two of Pearce's over-age picks
On the ball: Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, who launched the Olympics Albert football, is in the squad
TEAM GB MEN'S FIXTURES
Jul 20: v Brazil (Riverside Stadium), 7.45pm
Jul 26: v Senegal (Old Trafford), 7.45pm
Jul 29: v United Arab Emirates (Wembley), 7.45pm
Aug 1: v Uruguay (Millennium Stadium, 7.45pm)
'With just 18 places it is very
different from other international tournaments, the options are limited,
but it is the Olympic Games and every player in this squad should be
very proud they have a chance to compete for a gold medal on home soil.
'I remember the huge advantage we
gained from playing in front of our own fans during Euro 96, and I'm
sure with the nation behind us it could be a fantastic tournament for
London 2012 will be the first time
that Team GB have competed in the men's football competition since the
1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where they finished third in their group.
Second chance: Sturridge (L) and Richards were both overlooked for Euro 2012 but will play at the Games
Team GB kick off their campaign at
Manchester's Old Trafford against Senegal on July 26, play the United
Arab Emirates at Wembley on July 29, before their final group fixture
against Uruguay at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on August 1.
Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt
said: 'After a 52-year absence from the Olympic Games, it is fantastic
to welcome the men's football squad to Team GB for London 2012.
'Representing your country at the
Olympic Games is a very unique, special experience and I am sure this
talented and determined group of men's footballers will play a full part
as members of Team GB at our home Olympic Games.
It's a London thing: Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey is
joined by West Ham and Tottenham defenders James Tomkins and Steven
Caulker (below) in the squad
'The squad selected possesses a good
blend of youth and experience, with 16 of the 18 selected athletes
playing their football at the very highest level in the Premier League
'In Stuart Pearce they have an
experienced and passionate manager and I am sure the younger players
will learn a lot from their time with Team GB at the Olympic Games.
'Football fans from the across the UK
are regarded worldwide as among the most passionate and knowledgeable
supporters in the world and this summer offers a unique opportunity to
get behind Team GB on home soil. I am confident that this famous vocal
support will drive the young players on to produce many memorable and
inspirational performances at the Olympic Games this summer.'
Missing man: David Beckham revealed last week he was not included in Stuart Pearce's Team GB plans
TEAM GB MEN'S FOOTBALL SQUAD
JACK BUTLAND (Birmingham)
The only player in England's European Championship squad to be given
special dispensation for the Olympics. Butland (right) starred as England Under-21s' No 1 for the past year.
JASON STEELE (Middlesbrough)
Butland's understudy at England Under-21 level. Established himself as Middlesbrough's first-choice goalkeeper last season.
MICAH RICHARDS (Manchester City)
Picked ahead of David Beckham as the third over-age player despite
snubbing chance to be on standby for England's Euro 2012 squad.
CRAIG DAWSON (West Brom)
Has made a real name for himself at under-21 level as a goalscoring
centre-back but yet to firmly establish himself at West Brom.
JAMES TOMKINS (West Ham)
A regular in under-21 squads, Tomkins is also a regular at the heart of
West Ham's defence and was key to their Barclays Premier League return.
STEVEN CAULKER (Tottenham)
Centre-back impressed on loan at Swansea last season and has a handful
of England Under-21 caps. But only one appearance for parent club
RYAN BERTRAND (Chelsea)
Shot to fame by becoming the first player to make his Champions League
debut in the final itself. The left-back is seen as the successor to
Ashley Cole at Chelsea.
NEIL TAYLOR (Swansea)
Wales left-back (below), who can also play in midfield and has been part of Swansea's remarkable rise under Brendan Rodgers.
RYAN GIGGS (Manchester United)
Legendary midfielder who will cap his career with the major international tournament he so richly deserves.
AARON RAMSEY (Arsenal)
Like Giggs, the Arsenal midfielder and current Wales captain is good
enough to star on the biggest stage. Who is to say whether he will get
another chance with Wales
TOM CLEVERLEY (Manchester United)
Has appeared jinxed when it comes to making his England debut after
being forced to pull out of more than one squad. Midfielder could be a
key to Team GB's chances.
JOE ALLEN (Swansea)
Wales midfielder who has been central to Swansea's much-feted passing game.
JACK CORK (Southampton)
Midfielder failed to make the grade at Chelsea but was key in
Southampton's Premier League promotion after finally being cut loose.
Also an England Under-21 regular.
DANNY ROSE (Tottenham)
Has struggled to kick on from a stunning goal on his Premier League
debut against Arsenal. But Rose's (right) explosive pace will give Great Britain
another option out wide.
SCOTT SINCLAIR (Swansea)
Another who has flourished after being let go by Chelsea. Can play up
front and out wide and is another quickie who also has an eye for a
CRAIG BELLAMY (Liverpool)
The final over-age player and fifth Welshman in the squad, Bellamy still
has pace to burn at 32 and is a tireless front-runner and good
DANIEL STURRIDGE (Chelsea)
Blew his chance of getting into England's Euro 2012 squad with a poor
second half to the season. But is arguably the most skilful English
player of his generation.
MARVIN SORDELL (Bolton)
Probably the biggest surprise in the squad but has impressed up front
for England Under-21s and was good enough for Watford to persuade Bolton
to buy him in January.