Redknapp excited by London 2012

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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has urged Great Britain to seize the opportunity to compete at the 2012 Olympics in London by picking "the strongest possible team".

The issue of a British team at their home Games next year remains a contentious one with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all fearful of FIFA snatching away their footballing independence should they unite with England for the tournament.

While Redknapp admits he knows little about the workings of football's global governors, he is excited by the prospect of a team fighting for football gold in London, and told BBC Sport: "I'm not sure of the actual criteria, what is needed and what you're allowed to pick but I'd like to see us pick the strongest possible team from Great Britain."

He added: "Whether we have some of the Irish lads, the Scottish lads, let's pick the best team.


"It's a one-off opportunity, the Olympic Games in this country, I'd like to see us pick the best possible team and try to win the gold medal."

Redknapp would have no problem allowing his players to go out on Olympic duty.

He said: "I think it's a fantastic honour to represent your team in the Olympic Games and yes I would (let them play). Whoever they pick, I wouldn't stand in their way."

Redknapp admits he would be shocked if home nations' concerns about losing their autonomy proved justified.

"I wouldn't see that being a possibility. Surely that couldn't be right? That would be a disaster."

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