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Who Will Stuart Pearce Pick For Team GB?

Thursday 3rd May 2012
On the 26th July, Great Britain's football team will play their first game in the Olympics since 1964.

The question that everyone is asking is 'Who will Pearce pick and within that squad who will he pick as his 3 over 23's?' With England and the Republic of Ireland competing at Euro 2012 it will be highly unlikely that big names such as Gerrard, Lampard, Doyle, Rooney, Given and Hart will be included.

My personal selection would be:

Goalkeepers:

Wayne Hennessey  (Wolves, 25) - Despite Wolves' poor performances this season, Hennessey has been a solid performer making many top class saves. Obviously Joe Hart is the better goalkeeper but Hennessey was chosen as Hart will play in the Euros for England.

Jason Steele (Middlesbrough, 22)- Good young keeper. He's got great potential and has been selected in recent England under 21's squads after good performances for Boro' this season.

Defenders:

Kyle Walker  (Tottenham, 22) - Solid performances for Spurs. A strong player with rapid pace, he's proved himself to be a good defender - an obvious choice.

Martin Kelly  (Liverpool, 21) - Naturally a right back but is more than competent at centre back. He's been in rotation with Glen Johnson at Liverpool so now has big game experience with appearances against Chelsea and Arsenal this season.

Chris Smalling  (Manchester United, 22) - played well for both Manchester United and England this season and at 6ft 4in he is dominant in the air as well as a good player technically on the ground.

Phil Jones  (Manchester United, 20) - Possibility for captain. He's a good ball playing defender with strong leadership skills who's happy to play on the right side of defence as well as in the centre of midfield.

Ashley Williams  (Swansea, 27) - First out-field player over 23 in the squad. He's coped well with the quality of strikers in the Premier League this season, and like Smalling and Jones, he's comfortable playing the ball along the floor and keeping possession. Another possibility for captain.

Kieran Gibbs  (Arsenal, 22) - Gibbs has been plagued by injurys during his professional career, but when he is fit, he is a very good left back. With good pace, good defensive skills and the confidence and ability to play at the top level, Gibbs has the potential to play for England in the fututre.

Neil Taylor  (Swansea, 23)- Taylor has been a key defender for Swansea this season. He has made 8 appearances for the senior Welsh side and I'm sure will pick up many more in his career.

Midfielders:

Aaron Ramsey  (Arsenal, 21)- At just 21, Ramsey is captain of his national team and, despite suffering a horrific leg break last season, he has come back strong and played well for the Gunners this season.

Jack Rodwell  (Everton, 21) Jack Rodwell has been in Everton's first team for 4 years and has impressed for them in the centre of midfield. Rodwell has also filled in at centre back and at 6ft 2in he is strong in the air. He's more of a defensive midfielder than the likes of Aaron Ramsey.

Joe Allen  (Swansea, 22)- The third Swansea player selected in the squad. With one of the highest pass completion percentages in Europe, Joe Allen is a very good short passer of the ball. Like most of this squad, Allen broke into his national team at an early age and will fit in well with Ramsey and Rodwell in midfield.

Wingers

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain  (Arsenal, 18) 'The Ox' has been very good for Arsenal this season. With his rapid pace, and surprisingly a fair bit of strength, he has played 15 times for Arsenal this season and has been tipped to play for England in Euro 2012. Personally I would leave him out this season as he hasn't played for the England senior team yet and there is a possibility he may follow in the footsteps of Walcott in getting selected for the squad and then not play a single game. He has the quality to impress at the Olympics.

Gareth Bale  (Tottenham, 22) - Bale has been one of the top players in the world at times in the last 2 seasons, performing very well last year in the Champions League. He has been at his best at times this season. He has blistering pace, he is strong, has the skill to beat a player if needed, he has a £50 million price tag and will be a key player for Britain at the Olympic Games.

David Beckham  (LA Galaxy, 36)- With bags of experience Beckham for me is a must in the Great Britain squad. He is a footballing legend, one of, if not the, best crosser of the ball the world has ever seen. He is a dead ball specialist and has the experience to be a helping hand to the younger members of the squad. Probably wont start, but he is a good player to have in the squad.

Strikers:

Daniel Sturridge  (Chelsea, 22) - Making 37 appearances in all competitions and scoring 13 goals, Daniel Sturridge has played a fair bit of Chelsea's season. He is strong, tall and quick - the overall complete striker. He can also play on the wing, but it is unlikely he will be needed there.

Danny Welbeck  (Manchester United, 21) - Like Sturridge, Welbeck has played a significant part of United's season, he has broke into recent England squads and is a possibility for the Euros.

 

My Starting XI:

Hennessey

Walker - Smalling - Jones - Taylor

Ramsey(C) - Rodwell - Allen

Oxlade-Chamberlain - Sturridge - Bale

 

Any players who you disagree with or think I've missed out, comment and say why.

 
Billy Plowman

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