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Relief for Scottish and Northern Irish FA

 

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The Scottish Football Association, along with their Northern Irish and Welsh counterparts, have taken no direct involvement with Team GB and have made it clear they do not want their players involved for fear of risking their countries' separate identities in world football.

At least for the Scottish and Northern Irish FA's there will be relief that there will be no Scottish or Northern Irish players in the men's British Olympic football squad when it is announced on Monday. Whilst the official squad has not been named yet, the news has been leaked on the back of the public announcement that there was no place for David Beckham in the squad.

Manager, Stuart Pearce will list 18 players from England and Wales and none of the England players at Euro 2012 were considered.  

Fifteen of the squad must be under 23, with Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards the three permitted overage players. Four reserve players will also be put on stand-by, should anyone withdraw from the squad. There were Scots, including Steven Fletcher and Barry Bannan, on Pearce's shortlist of 35 players but all have been over looked.

Pearce alreday has an issue with the news that Tottenham winger Gareth Bale will not be available to play for Team GB's after aggravating a back injury in training.

Bale, 22, was set to be named in manager Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad that is being announced on Monday.

The Welshman was due to be one of the star names in the squad, but following medical advice was forced to withdraw.

It is the latest blow to the profile of the team after the Beckham leak. Beckham was expected to be one of the three over-23 players named in the squad, but former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs is thought to have been named, as well as Liverpool's Craig Bellamy and Manchester City defender Micah Richards

The men's Team GB were drawn in Group A at London 2012 alongside Senegal, Uruguay and United Arab Emirates.

They begin their Olympic campaign against Senegal at Old Trafford on 26 July before facing the United Arab Emirates at Wembley on 29 July, and Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium on 1 August.

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