Belfast Telegraph

Swans trio welcome GB duty

Swansea trio Joe Allen, Scott Sinclair and Neil Taylor are relishing the opportunity to represent Team GB at the London Olympics.

The Swans had the most representation of any club, with Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, who has also been included, spending last season on loan at the Liberty Stadium.

Taylor, 23 told the club's official website, "There are a lot of good, young defenders in the Premier League, so it's a great honour for me."

The left-back added: "It's also great recognition for the club to have three representatives in the squad because it shows how far we've come."

Wales international midfielder Allen, 22, feels the selection is good news for the Principality.

He said: "There's a good representation from Swansea and Wales, so it shows that Welsh football is in a positive place at the moment."

Winger Scott Sinclair, 23, who worked under Pearce with the England Under-21 side said: "I'm buzzing with the news. At 23, it was probably my only chance to represent Great Britain at the Olympics. I just made it, so I'm thrilled."

The make-up of Stuart Pearce's squad was confirmed at Wembley on Monday afternoon, with five Welsh and 13 English players selected in an 18-man squad.

No Scottish or Northern Irish players made the final cut, while former England captain David Beckham also missed out as Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards were the three over-age picks.

There will be a friendly against Brazil at Middlesbrough before Team GB kick off their campaign against Senegal at Old Trafford on July 26. The final is due to take place at Wembley on Saturday August 11 - just seven days before the Swans kick-off their Premier League campaign at QPR.


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