Olympic football manager wants all home nations taking part.
England U21s manager Stuart Pearce would welcome any of the Home Nations players to wear a Team GB shirt at the Olympics next summer.
Wales internationals Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey were both photographed in the London 2012 official Team GB supporters football top recently, swiftly followed by current England call-up Jack Rodwell.
Great Britain has not entered a team for the Olympics since 1972 and last qualified in 1960.
There remains heated debate about what exactly the make-up of next summer’s squad will be, with English duo Pearce and Hope Powell set to take charge of the men’s and women’s sides.
The pictures of Wales internationals Bale and Ramsey in the “limited edition commemorative shirt” caused some controversy.
The Football Association of Wales, along with Scotland and Northern Ireland, is opposed to its players taking part in the Olympics team.
Pearce feels whatever the eventual make-up of the squads, it should all be about what is good for the individual.
“I think there is a little bit of scepticism in some quarters at the moment, but the closer we get, the more the excitement will be generated and accelerated,” he said.
“I keep seeing pictures of players in newspapers wearing GB shirts, putting themselves forward. I, for one, would love to play in this tournament if I was still playing.
“It always boils down to what is best for the player.
“If a player wants to come and be part of it – and I know damn sure I would want to be involved in it – this is me picking from four nations. That is how it should be.
“All the federations should support this team. I can’t make people support this team if it is what is in their hearts and brains.
“I think it is a great opportunity for a squad of 18 players, plus a few on stand-by, to be part of an ideal. It is the chance of a lifetime.”
Pearce will at least have some scope for wild-card selections with his over-age players, with former England captain David Beckham and veteran Welshman Ryan Giggs being touted.
“Everyone speculated about ‘what if Ryan had been English and available to play for England?’,” added Pearce.
“Now I am not suggesting that Ryan will be in the squad, make no mistake, but what I am suggesting is that it opens up the spectrum of players who haven’t played tournament football before.”