London 2012: Giggs hopes Team GB football continues post Olympics
Team GB Football captain Ryan Giggs hopes that the squad continues after the London 2012 Olympics amidst speculations of player selection issues from other Home Nations.
The controversial Team GB football squad was selected under intense pressure while neglecting key players from other nations of Great Britain in the squad. This has lead to issues concerning the players’ future independent international status within FIFA.
Team GB will be competing in the men’s football in Olympics after more than 50 years since their last appearance in 1960. However, Manchester United mid-fielder Ryan Giggs is hopeful of the team continuing post London Olympics, “The different FAs may have opposed it, but people who I have met face to face have been nothing but positive. I hope it is not a one off and that in future Olympics there will be more Great Britain teams. I am glad I have done because so far everything has gone great and hopefully that will continue.”
Only five Welshman were included in the Stuart Pearce’s final 18-squad. The selection of players faced strong criticism throughout the selection process and reached it’s peak when Englishman David Beckham was left out of the Team GB football squad.
Team GB boss Stuart Pearce has been strongly opposed and criticised for his selection process from former players and managers alike. Pearce however is determined to play the strongest team, said “I set teams up to try to win the tournament with the best players I have available. A partial success as well would be all of these players going back to their clubs saying what a fantastic experience they had.”