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Rambo In Team GB

Arsenal`s Aaron Ramsey has been selected to represent the Great Britain Squad in this summer`s London Olympics. It`s the first time a British football team has been constructed since 1960. But with London hosting this summer`s games, the pressure for Team GB was too intense to continue to ignore. The format calls for an 18 man, U-23 squad, with an allowance for three players over that age. (In this squad, Craig Bellamy, Ryan Giggs and Micah Richards make up that triumvirate).

Manager Stuart Pearce rather confirmed that he intended to take the tournament seriously with his controversial decision to omit London 2012 ambassador David Beckham. Whilst South American nations tend to take the Olympics very seriously, there are no current plans to further the remit of Team GB after the summer`s games, so any building legacy appears limited. The squad also doesn`t include any Scots or Irishmen, presumably as their F.A`s were most outspoken about the threat to their autonomy a Great Britain side poses. Pearce also pledged not to pick any players that had participated in Euro 2012.

Nevertheless, Arsenal`s Ramsey makes the final cut, though Kieran Gibbs misses out; with Ryan Bertrand and Danny Rose preferred. Park Ju Young has also been selected to represent South Korea in the summer games. Team GB kick off their group against Senegal at Old Trafford on July 26th, before taking on UAE at Wembley on 29th July. They finish their group with a Cardiff encounter against Uruguay on August 1st.

Andre Santos did not make the cut to be one of Brazil`s over 23 representatives and Johan Djourou was not on Switzerland`s preliminary list to be one of their over 23s. Likewise, Mikel Arteta did not make Spain`s list, Abou Diaby didn`t make France`s, Ryo Miyachi was not in the Japan side and Jack Wilshere was deemed not fit for selection for Team GB. So Ramsey and Park are likely to be Arsenal`s sole representatives in London. Both will miss the pre season tour of Asia as a result. LD.




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The Journalist

Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 2 2012

Time: 4:01PM

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Jinx again! Twice in the last 12 hours! I shall remove my article good sir!
Rocky7
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02/07/2012 16:06:00

Hmm.. Not sure if this is the best move for Aaron.
Sajit
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02/07/2012 18:43:00

I think it is. He needs to find some form, and he can really be the stand out player in this team. Hopefully he'll play well and come back to us raring to go.
Rocky7
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02/07/2012 20:28:00

Interesting to see 3 Swansea lads named in the 18, no Gibbs so obviously his injury record came into play there, agree with rocky it'll benefit rambo to play out of the rather negative Arsenal glare.
nikolaijns
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02/07/2012 20:52:00

Gibbs will be gutted as he was fit for the run in and proved to be very useful. Remember that last ditch block that ensured we retained 3rd place? I think he should have been given a chance, being a full international. Well, he can either take it as reason to show his value, next season, or drop his head and confirm his doubters' views.
Naijagunner
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03/07/2012 00:30:00

I'd rather none of our players went for it, that is, excluding Park. Yes, it's a good opportunity for Aaron to win something which he might not have been able to with Wales, but this is going to interrupt pre-season a bit for him. And pre-season is the time you start gelling with any new players or new systems that you have in place. It is alAnyway, what's done is done and we'll have to live with it. All the best to him and team GB
Eboue=GOD
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03/07/2012 04:40:00

 

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