Cardiff City wide-man Peter Whittingham has reportedly been approached in request of his services for Team GB at the forthcoming London 2012 Olympics.
The football public may not be so surprised, considering the former England Under-21 man's sizzling form and consistency in the Football League Championship.
Whittingham, now 27, has been at Cardiff since 2007 and has struck an impressive half-century of goals in 204 appearances for the Bluebirds since he departed Aston Villa for South Wales.
Now Stuart Pearce wants to add his creativity and skill to a team which must contain just three British hopefuls over the age of 23.
If selected as a senior member of Team GB, this would provide an overwhelming sense of achievement for Whittingham, whose talents have been overlooked thus far by England at full international level.
Permission will need to be granted from his club side to enable Whittingham access into the final squad. Nevertheless, his manager Malky Mackay is in no doubt of what the midfielder brings to a team.
He said: "Whittingham's a fantastic footballer and someone I admire, he's a Cardiff player he's central to my plans."
Elsewhere in the Olympic fold, it remains to be seen whether Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale will be granted access to Team GB by the Football Association of Wales after both were pictured in the team's training jersey late last year.
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