Despite yesterday’s farce emanating from Wembley towers, players from all four home nations will be eligible to play for the men’s British football team at the 2012 Olympics in London. We look at some of the contenders.
The British Olympic Association says footballers from all the home nations will be allowed to play at the Olympics.
Despite the football associations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland not giving the players their consent, they can do nothing to stop them playing.
It will be the first time a British men’s football team has played at the Olympics in 52-years.
The BOA says process of selecting players will begin later this year, while “an announcement of the managers for both Team GB sides will be made in due course.”
The final squad will comprise of 18 players – 15 under 23s and three ‘open age’ footballers.
The FA have already declared that footballers who participate in the Euro 2012 tournament will not be selected for the Olympics.
This would rule out stars such as Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and Rio Ferdinand, while youngsters like Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are likely to be called by the seniors.
Here is a list of some of the candidates to take their place as the U23 stars in the squad.
Grant Adam (Rangers) – goalkeeper; age: 19 – Scotland
Younger brother of Charlie and has played for the Scottish U21s.