Pearce confirms Team GB squad

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Stuart Pearce has today announced his squad of 18 selected players to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

With just 25 days until the start of the Olympic Games, the British Olympic Association (BOA) this afternoon named the participating members at a press conference at Wembley Stadium, the venue that will host the gold medal match on August 11.

In line with Olympic regulations, the squad contains just three players over 23 years of age, with Welshmen Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy joined by English defender Micah Richards.

Manchester United midfielder Giggs has represented Wales 64 times, while Liverpool forward Bellamy boasts 69 caps for his country. At 24, Manchester City defender Richards is by far the least experienced of the overage players, with 13 appearances for England to date.

"It has not been an easy task to finalise my squad for this tournament, and the stature of the competition and uniqueness of the occasion has underlined the importance of every choice I have made," Pearce told

"With just 18 places it is very different from other international tournaments, the options are limited, but it is the Olympic Games and every player in this squad should be very proud they have a chance to compete for a gold medal on home soil.

"I remember the huge advantage we gained from playing in front of our own fans during Euro '96, and I'm sure with the nation behind us it could be a fantastic tournament for us."

Team GB Olympic football squad in full:

Jack Butland, Jason Steele

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand, Steven Caulker, Craig Dawson, Micah Richards, Neil Taylor, James Tomkins

Midfielders: Joe Allen, Tom Cleverley, Jack Cork, Ryan Giggs, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Rose, Scott Sinclair

Strikers: Craig Bellamy, Marvin Sordell, Daniel Sturridge

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