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Bellamy in Team GB Olympic squad

Craig Bellamy, never the most discreet footballer in the Premier League, has revealed that he has been included in the Team GB squad for the Olympic football tournament. The squad is mainly made up of under-21 players, but there is scope for coach Stuart Pearce to select three over age players.

"I am in the Olympic squad," the 32 year-old Bellamy told The Sun, "but I was supposed to keep it quiet." Having divulged the news without too much persuasion to the nation’s best-selling tabloid though, Bellamy said he was looking forward to the experience. "It's a different challenge. I had a difficult season with Liverpool but the Olympics is a one-off."

Bellamy’s selection might mean bad news for David Beckham, who plays in a similar position. Having one elderly right-sided player in the squad might be OK; two would be a stretch. Ryan Giggs is strongly rumoured to be another over-age player in Pearce’s plans. Again Bellamy’s inclusion might be an obstacle to that, with the token Welshman role already ticked off.

Pearce’s potential selections already preclude any players involved at Euro 2012. Given the Welshman’s past conflicts, the news that Bellamy is in the squad might also leave Team GB with a reduced pool of players willing to put up with him over the course of a tournament.

Team GB, whoever they are, will have a brief chance to get to know each other with a warm-up match against Brazil in Middlesbrough on July 20. They open their Olympic tournament with a match against Senegal at Old Trafford on July 26.

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