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Three Swans in Team GB squad

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 03, 2012

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SWANSEA City will have a bumper contingent at the Olympics after three players were included in Stuart Pearce's squad.

Joe Allen, Neil Taylor and Scott Sinclair have all made it into Team GB's 18-man squad for the Games later this month.

Their selection means Swansea are the best represented club in the group, having supplied more players than the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Former Swansea loanee Steven Caulker is also included after impressing Pearce while at the Liberty last season.

Allen and Taylor were widely expected to make the cut and both admitted their delight after Pearce announced their names at a Wembley press conference yesterday.

"I'm very pleased," said Allen. "I've had my fingers crossed all summer, so it's great news, especially with so many excellent young players in the Premier League to choose from.

"There's a good representation from Swansea and Wales, so it shows that Welsh football is in a positive place at the moment.

"It's a proud moment for me and my family — and, of course, Swansea City."

Taylor added: "For me personally, it wasn't too long ago that I was playing my football in the Conference.

"Less than three years on I've represented my country, played in the Premier League and now I'm on my way to the Olympics. To say it's gone really well would be an understatement of the biggest order." Sinclair was named among the forwards, alongside the like of Craig Bellamy and former Chelsea team-mate Daniel Sturridge.

"I'm buzzing with the news," said the winger. "At 23, it was probably my only chance to represent Great Britain at the Olympics. I just made it, so I'm thrilled."

The Team GB squad will meet up for the first time a week on Saturday ahead of their opening match against Senegal at Old Trafford on July 26.

They then face United Arab Emirates on July 29 and Uruguay in the final group game on August 1.

Should they progress, Team GB will enter the knockout stages, with the gold medal match scheduled for August 11.

That is just a week before the new Premier League season kicks off.

No Scottish or Northern Irish players have been included in a squad made up of 13 Englishmen and five from Wales.

Ryan Giggs, Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy are selected in a group that must otherwise contain players aged 23 or under.

"Whenever I've looked at players, I never looked at their individual nation," said Pearce.

"I've picked Welsh lads based on their ability, not where they come from."

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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  • hacker_jack  |  July 04 2012, 2:17PM

    Mickey, I think those in the seats around you are all for you not bothering. And Keane is Irish, they failed to qualify.

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  • trncjack  |  July 04 2012, 7:55AM

    mikydirtbags your a wined up merchant

  • SpanishJack  |  July 03 2012, 10:55PM

    Sorry Mickydirtbag, whilst I understand your concerns and originally objected to a GB team at The Olympics, now that it is a reality, I believe that we should support the team and congratulate our lads for their inclusion and the opportunity to market their skills on the World stage. I would imagine that if no Welsh or Swansea players had been included, cries of favouritism would have bee posted. I for one will be supporting team GB but whilst I wish them luck, I rather hope that, as a team, they are not too successful. Should they do incredibly well, my concern would be that following England's abismal showing in any competition sice 1966 (how can we forfet it) a successful Team GB may encourage the FA to consider using our boys to bolster their innept squad in future Worlds and European competitions. For now however, well done boys but look after yourselves, wee need you fit and well for the end of August and beyond.

  • morton1947  |  July 03 2012, 12:37PM

    I'm with you Swanseola it is a great accolade for these players and Caulker too and I believe that this will help in their preseason by playing competitve matches.

  • MickyDirtbag  |  July 03 2012, 12:25PM

    I cant believe the new management team have bowed down to team GB and allowed OUR boys to take part in this tin pot tounament. This is an early sign of weakness by Mr Laudrip and will contribute to us having the worst possible start to what was already shaping up to be a terrible season. Not only do we have to put up with the likes of Blackburn - a championshop team buying players like Best and Murphy and outspecnding us willy nilly but we know send our best players out to a friendly tournament with the possibility that they will come back jaded and broken - it beggars belief!!! Why couldnt Mr Pearce select players from the teams that are going to be comfortable next season like Stoke or Everton or Southampton??? Why did he pick on us? This could be an English FA conspiricy to make sure a Welsh Club sinks down the divisions where we belong. Where is Robbie Keane for exmaple - off the back of a great Euro 2012 having scores thousands of goals in the premier league and yet Joe Allen who is a relatve child in terms of Premier League experience gets the odds in front of a world class striker!!! Sort it out Mr Laudrip - you need to stand up to these Suits and withdraw our players with immediate effect. If I dont see changes soon I am seriously thinking about not turning up to some games next season and I wont even give them away to friends and family, I want people to see my empty seat and for that empty seat to mean something and give off meaning and a warning to Huw Jenkins that this is what will happen when you treat your Best fans like pieces of dirt.

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  • Lezz_T  |  July 03 2012, 11:07AM

    Not the best pre-season preparation for the for a new manager to be without 3 of his key players.

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  • Jimmy_Blue  |  July 03 2012, 11:02AM

    I'd rather they be taking part in pre-season with us than wasting their time competing in something that shouldn't even be at the Olympics and which most people couldn't care less about.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  July 03 2012, 10:33AM

    Not to forget that Caulker is there because of his performances with the Swans. Happy days indeed!

  • swanseaola  |  July 03 2012, 10:15AM

    Tremendous honor and achievement for these players,a great marker for H.J. and the club.I should imagine it gets M.L. tenure off to a flying start. Roberto and Brendan must be feeling very proud - as all SWANS supporters will be.

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