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Jack Butland and Scott Sinclair named in Team GB football squad for 2012 Olympic Games

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: July 02, 2012

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Goalkeeper Jack Butland has been named in the Great Britain football squad for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Birnmingham City keeper Butland, originally from Clevedon, was a late addition to Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2012 after Norwich City's John Ruddy withdrew through injury.

The 19-year-old, a Jamie Shore Soccer International Academy graduate, has represented his country at U16 to U21 level, but has yet to win a full England cap.

Bath's Scott Sinclair has also been named in the squad.

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Former Ralph Allen School pupil Sinclair, 23, is currently playing in the Premier League for Swansea City.

He was snapped up by Bristol Rovers as a 16-year-old in 2005, and later spent five years at Chelsea.

Sinclair's elder brother Martin, meanwhile, has been named in Team GB's Paralympic seven-a-side squad.

Team GB men's football manager Stuart Pearce said: "It has not been an easy task to finalise my squad for this tournament, and the stature of the competition and uniqueness of the occasion has underlined the importance of every choice I have made.

"With just 18 places it is very different from other international tournaments, the options are limited, but it is the Olympic Games and every player in this squad should be very proud they have a chance to compete for a gold medal on home soil.

"I remember the huge advantage we gained from playing in front of our own fans during Euro 96, and I'm sure with the nation behind us it could be a fantastic tournament for us."

Team GB squad: J Allen (Swansea), C Bellamy (Liverpool), R Bertrand (Chelsea), J Butland (Birmingham), S Caulker (Tottenham), T Cleverley (Manchester United), J Cork (Southampton), C Dawson (West Brom), R Giggs (Manchester United), A Ramsey (Arsenal), M Richards (Manchester City), D Rose (Tottenham), S Sinclair (Swansea), M Sordell (Bolton), J Steele (Middlesbrough), D Sturridge (Chelsea), N Taylor (Swansea), J Tomkins (West Ham).

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