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Team GB: Show us what you're made of

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After a lot of talk about David Beckham being snubbed a place in Stuart Pearce’s 18-man squad, the three chosen senior players will be longing to prove their worth, quality and consistency on the field this summer.

Pearce claimed that he had chosen these three specific players on their ''football ability’’.

Manchester United’s record appearance maker Ryan Giggs (pictured), Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy and Manchester City full back Micah Richards, were chosen as the three senior players for the squad.

With all three players enjoying a successful season with their Premier League clubs, there will be no excuses, with Pearce expecting these players to share their international experience and motivate the younger, prosperous players.

Giggs, particularly, at 38 years of age, will have every player in the squad looking up to him as a role model.

Giggs’ technical ability will be essential for Britain

Not many players have the stellar experience of playing at the top level, with a top club, for 22 years.

His technical ability to create goal scoring opportunities will be essential to Britain proceeding further in this competition.

Danny Rose and Scott Sinclair, the two young wingers joining Giggs in the squad, will be looking for pointers and advice from the veteran.

It was a shock to learn of Micah Richard’s absence in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad.

Missing out at the Euros will have hurt the defender, but with the player’s power and discipline, the opportunity of establishing himself as a first team player at the Olympic Games will give Richards the chance to demonstrate just how good he is.

Richards 'over the moon'

The full back expressed his delight at being named in the Olympic squad, saying: ''When I got the call from Stuart Pearce, who gave me my debut at Manchester City and has been a massive support throughout my career, I was over the moon.’’

There is no doubt Hodgson will be keeping an eye on the English players in this young squad, with the 24-year-old desperate to show the England manager just why he should have taken him to the finals.

Bellamy, a player with several highs and lows in his career, will be relishing the chance to play at an international tournament this summer after Wales failed to qualify for Euro 2012.

Like Giggs, at 32 the Welshman has enough experience under his belt to cause problems to the opposition’s defence and motivate his younger team mates.

Stuart Pearce commented on Bellamy’s recent form, saying: ''Craig had an outstanding season this year and I think he’s been one of Liverpool’s best players.’’

By Alex Fitzgerald

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