Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs, and Liverpool forward, Craig Bellamy, were Monday named in the 18-man Great Britain (GB) squad for the 2012 Olympics.
The duo are two of the approved three over-aged players the British team are selecting for the Olympic games. The third over-aged player is Micah Richards of Manchester City.
The 18 man final list submitted by Stuart Pearce, the Team GB coach, is made up of players from England and Wales after FIFA allowed Great Britain to present just one team for the Olympic football event. Pearce has however not picked any players from Scotland and Northern Ireland
Other prominent players picked for the GB team include Chelsea FC forward, Daniel Sturridge; Arsenal FC midfielder, Aaron Ramsey; and Manchester United midfielder, Tom Cleverly.
“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,” Pearce stated while speaking on his 18-man list.
The Olympic football involves players who are under the age of 23. However, each nation is allowed to include three additional players in the 18-man list who are above the age of 23. FIFA, after receiving the list of all countries, makes the final official announcement of each squad.
The Nigerian Olympic football teams, male and female, did not qualify for the London 2012 Olympics although the Nigerian male team had done very well in some previous editions, winning Gold in Atlanta 1996, and Silver in Beijing 2008.
Full squad for Team GB
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 (WestHam); 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).