Allen avoids Olympics row

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The build-up to Wales' friendly against Norway may have been overshadowed by the ongoing furore over Olympic availability, but midfielder Joe Allen says it is vital that on-field matters are not overlooked ahead of Saturday's clash at Cardiff City Stadium.

Captain Aaron Ramsey and star winger Gareth Bale have spoken of their desire to be involved in Stuart Pearce's GB squad for the 2012 Olympics, a stance which is at odds with the Football Association of Wales who are concerned at losing their individual status within FIFA should the players play a part in the Games.

Swansea playmaker Allen is another who would be eligible to play for Team GB, but he said: "There is game on Saturday and players and staff are only focused on that. These matters are over our heads, as professionals we are here to work hard and train hard for the game."

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Aaron Ramsey
Joe Allen
Cardiff City
Stuart Pearce
Gareth Bale
Swansea City

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