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We assess Stuart Pearce's Team GB football squad

By Rob Neil Jones 02/07/2012 16:43

Now the furore of not picking David Beckham has subsided Stuart Pearce has announced the 18-man squad that will represent Team GB in football at the Olympics. There are no Scotsmen or Northern Irishmen, so the squad is made up of just English and Welsh participants.

MSN Sport looks at the squad and breaks it up into four different levels.

Gold – genuine class acts, deserved of being top of the podium

Aaron Ramsey (age: 21, hometown: Caerphilly, club: Arsenal, Wales caps: 21, 5 goals)

Ryan Giggs (age: 38, hometown: Cardiff, club: Manchester United, Wales caps: 64, 12 goals)


Silver – good Premier League players but are a way off that international class

Craig Bellamy (age: 32, hometown: Cardiff, club: Liverpool, Wales caps: 69, 19 goals)

Micah Richards (age: 24, hometown: Birmingham, club: Manchester City, England caps: 13, 1 goal)

Daniel Sturridge (age: 22, hometown: Birmingham, club: Chelsea, England caps: 2)

Ryan Bertrand (age: 22, hometown: Southwark, club: Chelsea, England U21 caps: 16)

Scott Sinclair (age: 23, hometown: Bath, club: Swansea City, England U21 caps: 7, 1 goal)

Tom Cleverley (age: 22, hometown: Basingstoke, club: Manchester United, England U21 caps: 16)


Bronze – potential to be good, but realistically will never reach gold medal level

Jack Butland (age: 19, hometown: Clevedon, club: Birmingham City, England U21 caps: 6)

Joe Allen (age: 22, hometown: Carmarthen, club: Swansea City, Wales caps: 8)

James Tomkins (age: 23, hometown: Basildon, club: West Ham United, England U21 caps: 10)

Craig Dawson (age: 22, hometown: Rochdale, club: West Bromwich Albion, England U21 caps: 7, 4 goals)

Steven Caulker (age: 20, hometown: Feltham, club: Tottenham Hotspur, England U21 caps: 4, 1 goal)


DNF – simply not international class

Danny Rose (age: 22, hometown: Doncaster, club: Tottenham Hotspur, England U21 caps: 21, 3 goals)

Neil Taylor (age: 23, hometown: Ruthin, club: Swansea City, Wales caps: 9)

Jason Steele (age: 21, hometown: Newton Aycliffe, club: Middlesbrough, England U21 caps: 1)

Marvin Sordell (age: 21, hometown: Pinner, club: Bolton Wanderers, England U21 caps: 7, 2 goals)

Jack Cork (age: 23, hometown: Carshalton, club: Southampton, England U21 caps: 13)

Not enough gold level players for this squad to bring home a medal at London 2012.

Other than the obvious, David Beckham, Josh McEachran and Kieran Gibbs can find themselves unlucky not to make the squad.

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