Pearce names Team GB squad
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Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs and Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy have been included in the Team GB squad for the Men's Olympic Football Tournament announced by coach Stuart Pearce on Monday.

Joining the Welsh duo as the squad's third over-age player was England defender Micah Richards.

However, Team GB manager Stuart Pearce has not picked any Scottish or Northern Irish players for the tournament.

Swansea City have three players named, the most of any club: Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor, while Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, who has also been included, was on loan at the Liberty Stadium last season.

Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge is also chosen, as is Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Manchester United Tom Cleverley. Tottenham's Gareth Bale would have been selected but has been ruled out due to injury.

Every player in this squad should be very proud they have a chance to compete for a gold medal on home soil.
Stuart Pearce, Team GB coach.



Pearce said: "It has not been an easy task to finalise my squad for this tournament, and the stature of the competition and uniqueness of the occasion has underlined the importance of every choice I have made.

"With just 18 places it is very different from other international tournaments, the options are limited, but it is the Olympic Games and every player in this squad should be very proud they have a chance to compete for a gold medal on home soil.

"I remember the huge advantage we gained from playing in front of our own fans during EURO 96, and I'm sure with the nation behind us it could be a fantastic tournament for us."

London 2012 will be the first time that Team GB have competed in the men's football competition since the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where they finished third in their group.

Team GB kick off their campaign at Manchester's Old Trafford against Senegal on 26 July, play the United Arab Emirates at Wembley on 29 July, before their final group fixture against Uruguay at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on 1 August.

Squad:

Jack Butland (Birmingham), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough); Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Craig Dawson (West Brom), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Neil Taylor (Swansea), James Tomkins (West Ham); Joe Allen (Swansea), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jack Cork (Southampton), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Scott Sinclair (Swansea); Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea).

(*Please note that squad lists only become official after they have been submitted to and announced by FIFA.)