Team GB football will line up for the first time at an Olympic games this summer, with Great Britain drawn against the likes of Senegal, Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates…
The draw for the Olympics football competition took place this morning, with Stuart Pierce’s Great Britain team kicking off the competition against Senegal in their opening fixture, set to take place at Old Trafford on 26 July.
Team GB also face the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay in the group stage of the competition.
“Uruguay will be tough but I wouldn’t dismiss anyone,” said Pearce after the draw.
“The addition of three overage players can contribute to a really strong side. It will be tough, tournament football always is. Everyone in the squad will have star quality but I’ll pick the squad on merit.
“The squad may not reflect every home nation and celebrity but they will be the best 18 players who have the best opportunity to deliver a gold. That’s my only criteria.”
Each nation in the competition are allowed a squad of 18 players, with 15 of them born after 1 January 1989.
The likes of David Beckham, Jack Rodwell, Gareth Bale and Paul Scholes have all been named in Pierce’s 80-man strong-list of potential players to feature in the competition.
There are 16 teams in the men’s competition making up the four qualifying groups, with the winner’s and runner’s up of each group going through to the next round, along with the two best third place nations.
Group A: Great Britain, Senegal, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay
Group B: Mexico, South Korea, Gabon, Switzerland
Group C: Brazil, Egypt, Belarus, New Zealand
Group D: Spain, Japan, Honduras, Morocco
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