Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce believes being part of the Olympics has helped his side to avoid being burdened with the sort of expectations that have hampered England at major tournaments.
Pearce was assistant to former England boss Fabio Capello at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when the Three Lions crumbled under the weight of expectation. But Pearce is enjoying success with Team GB, who play South Korea in the last eight at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday night after topping Group A thanks to Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Uruguay.
And he believes the sheer size of the Olympics and the number of sports taking place is benefiting his squad by allowing them to grow into the tournament without the full glare of the spotlight being upon them. "I think it has helped us," he said.
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