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Pearce announces Team GB football squad

Manchester United's Tom Cleverley, Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Chelsea duo Ryan Bertrand and Daniel Sturridge are included in Team GB's 18-man football squad for the Olympics. Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs, Liverpool winger Craig Bellamy and Manchester City defender Micah Richards are the three overage players.

There are 13 English players and five from Wales in the squad, but none from Scotland or Northern Ireland.

It has yet to be decided who will captain the team.

Team GB coach Pearce said: "It has not been an easy task to finalise my squad for this tournament and the stature of the competition and the uniqueness of occasion has underlined the importance of every decision.

"It is the Olympic games. Every player in this squad should be very proud they have a chance to compete for a gold medal on home soil."

"With just 18 places it is very different from other international tournaments, the options are limited, but it is the Olympic Games and every player in this squad should be very proud they have a chance to compete for a gold medal on home soil," he added.

"I remember the huge advantage we gained from playing in front of our own fans during Euro 96, and I'm sure with the nation behind us it could be a fantastic tournament for us."

The team will play a friendly against Brazil in Middlesbrough on 20 July and their opening Olympic fixture is against Senegal at Old Trafford on 26 July. 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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