Manchester United star to be the face of Team GB in 2012

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Wayne Rooney has been selected as the standout player for Team GB's football team at the 2012 London Olympics.

FIFA rules state that Olympic teams must contain just three players over the age of 23, and Lord Coe recently suggested that David Beckham, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard would be the leading candidates for the London 2012 Olympics.

However, an FA source told ESPNsoccernet: "The main man will be Wayne Rooney as an over-age player.

"The call-up for Rooney will indicate how seriously it is being taken - that we all want the GB team to have a crack at going for the gold medal. Beckham, Gerrard and Lampard would all be very old over-age players, but Rooney is the player who could help the GB team become winners."

At present, talks are ongoing with other home nations in a bid to convince them to join the Great Britain team and England Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce has been tipped to take the manager's job.

David Beckham, currently training with Tottenham, could feature in the backroom staff if the FA have their way.

Domestic clubs are likely to be against their players featuring in the tournament because they could miss the start of the 2012-13 season.

Matches are due to be played at Old Trafford, St. James' Park and Ricoh Arena in England. Games in Scotland will be at Hampden Park and in Wales at the Millenium Stadium.

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