Scott Sinclair makes it a family double with London 2012 call-up
Bath-born winger Scott Sinclair will complete a remarkable family double this summer after being included in Stuart Pearce’s 18-man Team GB Olympic football squad.
The Swansea City flyer joins Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards in the home line-up for London 2012 and will take centre stage just a couple of weeks before older brother Martin, 25, who will compete in the Paralympics for Great Britain’s cerebral palsy squad.
Scott, 23, is a former pupil of Ralph Allen School and starred for Bath Arsenal before signing for Bristol Rovers. He was snapped up by Chelsea in 2005 but had to wait until last season to make his big Barclays Premier League breakthrough with the newly-promoted Swans.
His form for the Welsh side earned him a call-up from Pearce, whose controversial omission of David Beckham overshadowed today’s squad announcement at Wembley.
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Pearce said: "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.
"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 Chef de Mission Andy Hunt added: “After a 52-year absence from the Olympic Games, it is fantastic to welcome the men’s football squad to Team GB for London 2012. Representing your country at the Olympic Games is a very unique, special experience and I am sure this talented and determined group of men’s footballers will play a full part as members of Team GB at our home Olympic Games.
“The squad selected possesses a good blend of youth and experience, with 15 of the 18 selected athletes playing their football at the very highest level in the Premier League last season. In Stuart Pearce they have an experienced and passionate manager and I am sure the younger players will learn a lot from their time with Team GB at the Olympic Games.”
TEAM GB MEN'S FOOTBALL SQUAD
Joe Allen (Swansea City, Wales caps: 8)
Craig Bellamy (Liverpool, Wales caps: 69, 19 goals)
Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea, England U21 caps: 16)
Jack Butland (Birmingham City, England U21 caps: 6)
Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur, England U21 caps: 4, 1 goal)
Tom Cleverley (Manchester United, England U21 caps: 16)
Jack Cork (Southampton, England U21 caps: 13)
Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion, England U21 caps: 7, 4 goals)
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United, Wales caps: 64, 12 goals)
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal, Wales caps: 21, 5 goals)
Micah Richards (Manchester City, England caps: 13, 1 goal)
Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur, England U21 caps: 21, 3 goals)
Scott Sinclair (Swansea City, England U21 caps: 7, 1 goal)
Marvin Sordell (Bolton Wanderers, England U21 caps: 7, 2 goals)
Jason Steele (Middlesbrough, England U21 caps: 1)
Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea, England caps: 2)
Neil Taylor (Swansea City, Wales caps: 9)
James Tomkins (West Ham United, England U21 caps: 10)