After what feels like years of arguments and wrangling between the governing bodies of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Team GB’s Olympic football squad was finally announced on Monday.
Manager Stuart Pearce announced his 18-man squad at Wembley—all under-23 save for three designated overage players—and there were a few surprises.
It had already been confirmed that David Beckham had not made the cut and that Gareth Bale would join Kyle Walker and Jack Wilshere in missing the tournament through injury, while any players who had participated at Euro 2012 had already been discounted from selection.
It was also known that no Scottish or Northern Irish players would take part amid their respective national associations’ fears of losing their FIFA status.
However, with the likes of Chris Smalling, Kieran Gibbs, Josh McEachran, Jack Rodwell or Jake Livermore all omitted, the announcement still managed to provoke some intrigued responses.
Here is the Team GB squad, and a look at how they could line up for their first match of the Games against Senegal at Old Trafford on July 26.