Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley and Ryan Giggs will join Liverpool’s Craig Bellamy and Manchester City’s Micah Richards on Britain’s Olympic soccer team.
Giggs, Bellamy and Richards are the squad’s three players over 23-years-old, with the rest of the players being younger, according to an e-mailed statement from local Olympic organizers. Cleverley and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey will help form the midfield.
Britain hasn’t fielded a team with players recruited from all the home nations -- England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland -- for men’s soccer since the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where the team finished third in its group.
The squad will play its first match against Senegal at United’s Old Trafford on July 26th.
Joe Allen (age: 22, hometown: Carmarthen, club: Swansea City, Wales caps: 8) Craig Bellamy (age: 32, hometown: Cardiff, club: Liverpool, Wales caps: 69, 19 goals) Ryan Bertrand (age: 22, hometown: Southwark, club: Chelsea, England U21 caps: 16) Jack Butland (age: 19, hometown: Clevedon, club: Birmingham City, England U21 caps: 6) Steven Caulker (age: 20, hometown: Feltham, club: Tottenham Hotspur, England U21 caps: 4, 1 goal) Tom Cleverley (age: 22, hometown: Basingstoke, club: Manchester United, England U21 caps: 16) Jack Cork (age: 23, hometown: Carshalton, club: Southampton, England U21 caps: 13) Craig Dawson (age: 22, hometown: Rochdale, club: West Bromwich Albion, England U21 caps: 7, 4 goals) Ryan Giggs (age: 38, hometown: Cardiff, club: Manchester United, Wales caps: 64, 12 goals) Aaron Ramsey (age: 21, hometown: Caerphilly, club: Arsenal, Wales caps: 21, 5 goals) Micah Richards (age: 24, hometown: Birmingham, club: Manchester City, England caps: 13, 1 goal) Danny Rose (age: 22, hometown: Doncaster, club: Tottenham Hotspur, England U21 caps: 21, 3 goals) Scott Sinclair (age: 23, hometown: Bath, club: Swansea City, England U21 caps: 7, 1 goal) Marvin Sordell (age: 21, hometown: Pinner, club: Bolton Wanderers, England U21 caps: 7, 2 goals) Jason Steele (age: 21, hometown: Newton Aycliffe, club: Middlesbrough, England U21 caps: 1) Daniel Sturridge (age: 22, hometown: Birmingham, club: Chelsea, England caps: 2) Neil Taylor (age: 23, hometown: Ruthin, club: Swansea City, Wales caps: 9) James Tomkins (age: 23, hometown: Basildon, club: West Ham United, England U21 caps: 10)
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