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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Giggs supports future Olympic football squad

18th July 2012

Ryan Giggs has expressed support for a long-term Olympic football team that could compete in future Games.

It is the first time that Team GB has entered a football team into an Olympic competition since 1960 and there were fears that a combined home nation team may be a mistake. The main concern came from the Football Association about how it could impact on international status in FIFA tournaments.

However, captain Ryan Giggs believes that there is no reason why a Team GB should not be involved in future Olympics.

"I hope it is not a one off, based on what I have experienced and how much I have enjoyed it this week. I hope in future Olympics there will be more Great Britain teams," said the Welshman.

He added: "I have had nothing but positive feedback from the people I know, wanting me to do well. The different FAs may have opposed it, but people who I have met face to face have been nothing but positive.

"I am not a politician, but from what I have experienced, I just hope fellow British footballers can experience what I have."

Stuart Pierce's squad consists of five Welshmen and the remaining members are English.

The TeamGB squad will face Senegal, Uruguay and United Arab Emirates, while the female GB team will play New Zealand on July 25th in their first round match before taking on Cameroon and Brazil.

The finals are set to be played at Wembley stadium on Saturday August 11th and those with tickets need to make sure they book their central London hotels.


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