David Beckham set tongues wagging today when he threw his hat into the ring for the Team GB captaincy today, with the 36-year-old admitting he would ‘love’ to be handed the skippers armband.
Team GB boss Stuart Pearce has already sent out letters to a long list of potential players – over 200 in total – and while 11 have reportedly turned down the chance to be part of the team for the London Olympic games later this year, there is still plenty of talent for the former Manchester City boss to choose from.
Of the three over 23 players, Beckham appears a dead cert alongside Ryan Giggs. Both men represent the best their respective nations have had to offer over the past fifteen years - and in global competitions only a global icon will do to lead out the side – step forward Beckham.
The third over 23 spot represents something of a dilemma for Pearce, however.
Pearce must of course address the needs of all four nations and keep the respective governing bodies onside after the swirl of discontent that has surrounded the team for well over a year now.
That means the third over 23 will likely go to a Scottish international, with Charlie Adam and Jonny Evans in the running to make the final cut.
Elsewhere, Jack Rodwell, Gareth Bale, and Aaron Ramsey are sure bets for the final squad having already featured in promotional pictures released last year, while the former England defender will want to embrace the spirit of the sport in the Olympics and give plenty of exciting young talents the chance to make a name for themselves.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Connor Wickham are both likely to feature, while Jordan Rhodes could be at a Championship or even a Premier League club by the time the games come around thanks to his prolific goal scoring record.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Pearce’s squad are the England players left behind by Fabio Capello that he is allowed to pick from.
Andy Carroll has yet to find his feet for Liverpool since making the switch last summer, while Tom Cleverly’s injury worries this season make him an outsider for Poland and Ukraine but a favourite for the London Olympics.
Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker and Phil Jones could all potentially make the final cut with the seniors but are also in the running to be named by Pearce.
Here, GMF selects the XI men charged with representing the British Isles for the first Olympic games held in London for over.
Remember the rules: Only three players over 23 can be selected, the squad must consist of 18 players including two goalkeepers, and any players taking part in the European Championships must be discounted.
What do you think of our selection?
GMF Team GB Squad:
Craig Gordon; Neil Taylor, J, Steven Caulker, Chris Smalling; Aaron Ramsey, David Beckham, Gareth Bale, Jack Rodwell, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Connor Wickham, Andy Carroll Subs: Jack Butland, Tom Cleverley, Martin Kelly, Jordan Rhodes, Scott Sinclair, Ryan Giggs, Keiran Gibbs