Exclusive: Rooney backed for Olympics

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Football fans believe Wayne Rooney should make himself available to play for Great Britain at next summer's Olympic Games, according to a poll conducted by GiveMeFootball.

Of the 20,000 votes cast, a significant figure of 78 percent were in favour of Rooney leading Britain's charge towards a gold medal at the 2012 tournament.

Although several potential Team GB players will be involved at European Championships only a month before, the FA has altered its policy and will allow players to perform at both tournaments.

Team GB head coach, Stuart Pearce, will pick an 18-man squad for the Games in London, 15 of which will be aged 23 or under, and the remaining three spots will be taken by over-age players.

And, with Rooney suspended for the first three - and potentially only three - fixtures of the Euros, the Manchester United striker is thought to be a genuine prospect for the Olympics.

Other over-age players who could feature in the squad are former United star David Beckham, and Rooney's Old Trafford teammates Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher.

However, the Scottish FA will attempt to block in the inclusion of the latter as they continue to contest the idea of a combined team.

Pearce, meanwhile, is likely to find it difficult to prise GB's best youngsters away from their respective clubs, with most managers seemingly against the idea.


Arsene Wenger, who will have to field a request to call-up Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, certainly has no intention of allowing his charges play in the Games.

"Olympics and Euros are too much for the players," said the Arsenal boss. "I try to give them four weeks off after a tournament'

"The players should not decide if they play at the Olympics."

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