East London Lines wants your views on who should represent Britain for Olympic football challenge.
The draw has landed Great Britain’s men’s team in a group they will do well to qualify from.
So is this a chance for some youngsters like Wales’s Aaron Ramsay to make their mark on an international stage? Or should England’s ‘also-rans’ get the opportunity? Does David Beckham warrant inclusion by virtue of personality alone? Vote now to form the East London Line GB dream-team.
Our sister site East London Olympics asked the people of South East London who should make the Team GB football side – see what they said below!
Uruguay will present England with their sternest test. Several members of the Copa America winning and World cup semi-finalist sides will be representing their country, including Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Inter Milan veteran Diego Forlan. The squad will largely be comprised of the side that reached the South American Under-20 Championships.
Senegal are not the force that saw them reach a World Cup semi final in 2002 and are coming off the back of flopping at this year’s African Cup of Nations. Despite this, the Teranga Lions are always a formidable physical challenge and have recently appointed as coach Pierre Lachantra. Lachantra won the 2000 Olympic Football tournament with Cameroon in Athens as well as the African Nations cup.
Two of the Premiership’s outstanding players this year, Newcastle’s Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse, could both feature.
The United Arab Emirates are – to use a Match of the Day Pundit’s favourite get-out for lack of knowledge – an ‘unknown quantity’. A hurried Googling will tell even the most ill-prepared of writers that the UAE coach Srecko Katanec was ditched half way through an unsuccessful World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign and a permanent successor is yet to be announced.
As for Great Britain, coach Stuart Pearce is hamstrung by the requirements to select only three players aged over twenty three, and agreements that no players appearing for England or the Republic of Ireland at the European Championships can be picked. If you think you know better than Pearcy make your views known now.