Going for gold.
Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley is one of several highly rated Premier League youngsters selected in Team GB’s 18-man football squad for the Olympics.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Chelsea duo Ryan Bertrand and Daniel Sturridge are also included.
Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs, Liverpool winger Craig Bellamy and Manchester City defender Micah Richards are the three overage players.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Indeed Stuart Pearce’s 18 man squad is a fairly strong one, with 15 Premier League players among those selected to represent Team GB later this month. Though a lot was made of David Beckham’s omission the three over-age players named; Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards, arguably offer more in playing terms though clearly selecting the LA Galaxy man would have been a marketing dream.
Full squad and fixture details below.
Squad: J Allen (Swansea), C Bellamy (Liverpool), R Bertrand (Chelsea), J Butland (Birmingham), S Caulker (Tottenham), T Cleverley (Manchester United), J Cork (Southampton), C Dawson (West Brom), R Giggs (Manchester United), A Ramsey (Arsenal), M Richards (Manchester City), D Rose (Tottenham), S Sinclair (Swansea), M Sordell (Bolton), J Steele (Middlesbrough), D Sturridge (Chelsea), N Taylor (Swansea), J Tomkins (West Ham)
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