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Team GB: The lowdown on Pearce's forwards

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Team GB manager Stuart Pearce has chosen four forwards who he hopes can score the goals to earn Britain a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

He has chosen an experienced Welshman in Craig Bellamy (pictured) and three young Englishmen in Scott Sinclair, Marvin Sordell and Daniel Sturridge, who will look to lead the front line.

Sturridge's place in the squad is in doubt though after it was confirmed the Chelsea striker has been struck down by viral meningitis. 

Craig Bellamy

He's the Welsh marmite. Love him or hate him, however, on his day Craig Bellamy is a match winner, as demonstrated in the Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester City last term.

Bellamy had a relatively good season, appearing 33 times in all competitions for Liverpool, scoring nine goals for the Reds.

He's the most experienced striker in Pearce's squad and will add pace and strength whilst embodying good leadership traits.

Bellamy is reportedly a favourite for the captaincy alongside Welsh compatriot Ryan Giggs.

Pearce will be hoping that a fiery Bellamy can stay out of trouble, channel his aggression positively and inspire the younger players in the team.

Scott Sinclair

After scoring a hat-trick in the 2011 Championship play-off final, sending Swansea triumphantly into the Premier League, some people were shocked to discover Chelsea had sold Scott Sinclair to the Welsh side for as little as £500,000.

The 23-year-old took the Premier League by storm last season with his rapid wing play, registering seven goals in 37 games for Brendan Rodgers' side.

Hopefully Sinclair can replicate his good form for Team GB at the Olympic Games and fire Stuart Pearce's men to the podium.

Marvin Sordell

After a prolific run of form for Championship side Watford, Marvin Sordell bagged a move to Premier League strugglers Bolton Wanderers in January.

However, after moving to the North West, the 21-year-old found himself on the substitute’s bench for most of the time, starting just three games for Owen Coyle's side and failing to find the back of the net once.

The striker has huge potential though. He scored 27 goals in his 81 appearances for the Hornets, and has previously represented England at Under-20 and Under-21 level.

Now that Bolton are in the Championship, he is likely to receive greater playing opportunities and surely this will aid a more sustained run in the team.

Pearce will be hoping that Sordell can come out of the Reebok shadow into the Olympic limelight.

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge is powerful, speedy and has a great striking ability. At times he can cause opposing defences nightmares.

Last season was his best yet, with 41 appearances and 13 goals under his belt for Chelsea.

He has English pedigree, representing the Three Lions at all respective youth levels.

The 22-year-old also has footballing pedigree, with two of his uncles having played professionally as strikers.

Despite his growing reputation, Sturridge has surprisingly been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge. Spurs are reported to be interested in his services. 

Unlucky to not be in the England squad for Euro 2012, Sturridge's presence in the Olympic squad is in doubt after Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo confirmed he has been treated for viral meningitis.

He is undergoing further tests to examine how serious the condition is and whether he will be fit enough for the games.  If he doesn't make it, Stuart Pearce might have to call up his standby striker, Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace.

Pearce will be hoping that Sturridge recovers in time for the starting match against Senegal at Old Trafford on Friday, July 27.

By Sam Mansfield

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