As the draw for the football groups at 2012 Olympics were just made, the tournament jumps into the forefront of fans minds (although maybe temporarily for those whose countries are heading to Euro 2012).
With that said, it seams to be an appropriate opportunity to take a look at the men who will possibly be representing Team GB as the host nation of the Olympics.
There are several factors to consider when selecting an Olympic squad:
- The squad is only 18 players, smaller than most international tournaments.
- All but three of the squad must be born after January 1st 1989 (under 23's).
- Three players can be over 23 - do you select the best three, fill in needs or look at other intangibles?
- As with any squad, form and injuries also come into play.
In order to make this squad, I had to factor in which players would not be available due to the Euro's. Rather than pick who I would take to the Euros, I tried to predict a cautions squad that the new England manager may take, it is:
Hart, Carson, Green, Richards, Johnson, Terry, Dawson, Cahill, Jagielka, Cole, Baines, Parker, Barry, Milner, Johnson, Gerrard, Lampard, Walcott, Young, Rooney, Crouch, Defoe, Welbeck.
Now with those 23 players out of the way, let's look at those who should be available and at Stuart Pearce's disposal.