With eyes still firmly on the present with an intriguing Premier League title race, race for fourth and race for survival encapsulating the nation, few have looked to the immediate future and indeed a busy summer ahead incorporating the European Championships and indeed our very own Olympic Games at London 2012. With the England manager’s job still very much up in the air and Team GB matters seemingly put to one side and forgotten about, there is still an element of mystery surrounding just who will make up the squad whereby just three players may be over the age of 23.
We know Stuart Pearce will be the manager but other than this, any inkling of a final squad has been the butt of rumours, speculation and word of mouth. We also know that Pearce himself sent out letters to over 200 footballers with 11 reportedly turning down an invitation to be part of the squad. With the Euro’s and Olympics filling the summer programme, it may be the case that a few ‘also ran’s may make the Team GB squad and vice versa, and a lot of rejigging will have to take place with players understandably not being able to partake in both competitions.
Jack Rodwell, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey have appeared in promotional pictures advertising the supporters and team jerseys already, and a lot of persuasive phone calls and arm twists will have to take place to release the players from their respective Football Associations, whereby dissent has been rife from the smaller nations, despite the players’ wishes to link up with the squad. So let us give you ten names, who just may be taken under Stuart Pearce’s wing for the big event in the summer.
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