Olympic opportunity okay by Rodwell

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England Under-21 midfielder Jack Rodwell has expressed his desire to be involved in Great Britain's Olympic football team.

While the wrangling continues over the participation of Scottish and Welsh players, the Everton man has no doubts about what he wants to do.

"I would definitely like to be involved," the 20-year-old told

"You always want to test yourself at a high level and I would be proud to represent Great Britain. It is effectively a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved in something like that and the chance to win an Olympic medal would be amazing."

However, former Toffees goalkeeper and proud Welshman Neville Southall is against the idea of a GB team.


"I don't see the point," said Southall, who won a record 92 caps for his country.

"You will just lose the identity of all the teams. The whole point of going to the Olympics is that special moment when your flag goes up.

"What flag are they going to put up if they win it? The Union Jack? It's not my flag. My flag's a dragon. As a Welshman I'd rather play for Wales if I was in the Olympics. I would want to go and represent my country."

Southall also believes club managers will be against the idea.

"If I've got a player who is worth £10million, why would I want somebody kicking lumps out of him at the Olympics?" he added.

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