Hey there! This is my first article, so feel free to give (constructive) criticism!
I thought I would touch upon team Great Britain team for the Olympics. For those of you who remember you’ll know I couldn’t care less what’s going on with the England national team (until a Newcastle player plays for them), but the idea of a Team GB seems very interesting to me.
Led by former Newcastle United defender Stuart Pearce the team can now consist of players from all across Britain however it is inevitable that the majority will be English. The team can have a maximum of three players over twenty-three in the squad. Plus of course we will be able to watch Olympic football at St James’ Park although Team GB won’t be one of those showcasing their skills at the cathedral on the hill.
There has been no official squad announcement as yet although it would appear that David Beckham has missed out on selection – a bitter pill to swallow after the part he played in winning the Olympic bid – with the media speculating the the three permitted overage players are Micah Richards, Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs. Fair enough I guess, but here is who I would take instead and why.
GK – Jack Butland – He was recently called up by Roy Hodgson as a replacement for John Ruddy for the Euros but was third choice so never got a game. He is a promising youngster who will get deserved attention from being in the squad.
RB – Micah Richards – This young Manchester City full-back has been a constant performer in the Premier League for the title winners. He was, for reasons unknown to many, left out of Roy’s Euro squad so will be available for team GB.
CB 1 – Gary Caldwell – This Scotland international has been an ever present in a strong Wigan defence, his leadership and experience earns him the place in my squad.
CB 2 – Chris Gunter – Relatively unknown, this 22-year-old Nottingham Forest defender has made thirty-six appearances for Wales and is looking for some more recognition to play at a higher level. He will be eager to impress to a world audience where he will prove he’s good enough. However I would replace him with Steven Taylor if he was deemed to be fit enough.
LB – Neil Taylor – Another Welsh international, he has been instrumental in Swansea’s incredible run in their first season of the Premier League.
RM – David Beckham – Now I know a few eyebrows will be raised but I have chosen Becks as another ‘veteran’ for a number of reasons, firstly he is the face of the London Olympics and was a huge part of the Olympic bid (he even lit the torch), secondly he provides a well known factor to the team as he is known globally adding more attraction (not physical attraction) to team GB, and lastly this will probably be his last time he represents his country whether it be England or Great Britain and the great man deserves an international send off on a stage like this.
CM 1 – Joe Allen – It’s seeming as though there are more Welshman than Englishmen in the team, but as a key part in Swansea’s highly praised midfield (yes I know he’ll probably just pass it back to the keeper like Swansea usually do!) he’ll be a good addition to team GB’s midfield.
CM 2 – Barry Bannan – the Aston Villa/Scottish international player has appeared a very promising player and it has been suggested that he may move to a bigger club as he is quick, good at passing and crossing and has a wicked free-kick on him.
LM – Gareth Bale – It is probably one of the most obvious choices in the team. Bale is one of the best wingers in the Premier League and many England fans are annoyed by his nationality as it would solve that left wing problem (I’m talking about you Downing).
ST 1 – Jordan Rhodes – Another eyebrow-raiser I know but Rhodes is one of the best strikers outside of the Premier League and many feel that it’s only a matter of time before the striker gets his chance at the top level.
ST 2 – Daniel Sturridge – Even though he didn’t exactly set the league alight this season with goals he was often played on the wing much to his irritation. His speed and vision will cause problems for the defences that he faces, especially the Senegal defence.
Now I know this may not be to the taste of everyone, but with little else going on at least we have some football to talk about. Yes it would be great to talk about a new signing or a new transfer link but it’s a case of same old on that particular front so Team GB it is!
Who would you pick?
Thanks to Andymag for sending this one in!