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Bobby Charlton And Coe To Make Great Britain Football Team For 2012 Olympics

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 01:  Sir Bobby Charlton plays football at United For Relief: The Big Red Family Day Out at Old Trafford on May 1, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images)
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Daniel GoochAnalyst IFebruary 7, 2011

Manchester United and England legend, Sir Bobby Charlton, has been asked to put together a possible Great Britain football team to play in the 2012 Olympics in London. 

There have been previous attempts to create a GB football team, but each time it has been strongly opposed by the FAs of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

If they oppose again, then it will only leave a possibility of an all English GB team.

However, Sebastian Coe & co. believe that Sir Bobby has the prestige to get everyone on the same side and make this team work. 

The three undecided countries are worried about losing their international identity as individual countries in the eyes of FIFA.

Charlton stated to a sports website, "Seb Coe is a good personal friend, and he has said he is expecting I'll try to help them, so that's where we are."

"Trying to get a Great Britain team together is going to be very interesting."

"I don't know how they are going to do it - someone there must know."

"But countries like Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are very passionate, they expect to be able to perform in the Olympic Games themselves."

"If they have to play as a British team it's going to be a hard thing for them to do."

"But they will do it, I'm sure they will be fine."

Personally I would like to see a GB team at the London Olympics next year, but i do believe that there is very little chance of it all coming together.

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