Football's Team GB football team for London 2012

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For the first time since London was awarded the 2012 Olympics, the possibility of a Team GB football team, containing every member of the United Kingdom, appears a reality.

From the moment the idea was devised, that Great Britain would field a side, the football associations from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales immediately stated they would refuse to contribute to the team.

The trio felt they would lose their status as individual nations with FIFA if they released there players, but incoming FIFA vice president Jim Boyce has rubbish those fears.

"If those four British associations wanted me to pursue my suggestion that it was written in stone by the Fifa executive committee that participating in the Olympics as a one-off would not affect their independence, I would be only too happy to take that up on their behalf," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"But I think they would have to say to me that this is what they would like me to do."


Despite the associations still wanting proof in writing that FIFA will keep their word, Britain appears genuinely close to having all members of the United Kingdom happy to participate.

With this in mind, have decided to put together a side that could turn out for Team GB during next year's football competition at the Olympics.

Any player aged 23 or under can be considered for selection, with three players of any age allowed as wildcard entries. So anyone from Connor Wickham to Steven Gerrard can be entered.

Here's our attempt:

Craig Gordon (Scotland); Kyle Walker (England), Jack Cork (England), Craig Cathcart (Northern Ireland), Danny Wilson (Scotland); Theo Walcott (England), Jack Wilshere (England), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Ryan Giggs (Wales), Gareth Bale (Wales); Wayne Rooney (England)


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