Beckham & Giggs confirm Olympic interest

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David Beckham and Ryan Giggs are two of the 184 players to have declared their interest in playing for Team GB during this summer's Olympic Games.

The Football Association wrote to 191 players last month, with only seven choosing to opt out of the selection for the team set to be led by Stuart Pearce.

The Olympic Football tournament is strictly an under-23 competition, however, three players over the permitted age can be included in the squad of 18.

British Olympic Association communications director, Darryl Seibel said: "This is an outstanding response and it confirms what we have believed all along, which is there is widespread interest among players in competing for Team GB at the London 2012 Games.

"Clearly, the players recognise just how special this opportunity is."

The impressive response indicates that despite strong reservartions from the associations from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, players from this nations will defy their country's wishes to feature in the tournament.

The trio fear that allowing their players to feature in Team GB will affect their independence in the eyes of FIFA.

Despite the world governing body promising that will not be the case, only the English FA have been satisfied by the guarantee.

Wales captain Aaron Ramsey and winger Gareth Bale were both pictured wearing the Team GB supporter shirt in advertising campaigns for Adidas, which sparked protests from Welsh supporter during the friendly win over Norway.

The FA have already confirmed that players who participate in the summer's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine will be ineligible for the Olympic tournament later this summer.

Ryan Giggs
Aaron Ramsey
David Beckham
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Gareth Bale

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