Brunt remains in Team GB contention

Published Wednesday, 18 April 2012
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Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt remains in with a shot of playing Olympic football after surviving the latest cut to Stuart Pearce's GB squad.

Brunt remains in Team GB contention
Chris Brunt in action for Northern Ireland. (© Pacemaker)

The 27-year-old - who has been capped 33 times for Northern Ireland - is among the 80 players being contacted by the Football Association to confirm that he's still on the list of potentials, which has been slashed from 191.

The FA remains optimistic that non-English players, like Brunt, will accept the chance to play in a major tournament if picked - despite opposition from the Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh football associations.

Concerns remain that Team GB could pose a threat to the independence of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in terms of international football competitions.

Pearce will make a further cut to his squad list by June, narrowing it down to 35 players, and the final 18-man team will be announced on 6 July.

Most notable among the potential team members is former England skipper David Beckham - set to turn 37 next month, he's highly likely to feature as one of three over-age players.

Speculation that Beckham will play is thought to have helped push ticket sales and more than 50,000 have already been sold for the opening game at Old Trafford on 26 July.

Team GB will find out who their three group stage opponents will be at the official draw on Tuesday.

They're likely to be kept apart from Spain - who are almost certain to include Manchester United keeper David de Gea - Switzerland and Belarus, plus likely fellow top seed contenders Brazil.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
s magowan in belfast wrote (1,013 days ago):
Nigel Northern Ireland is part of the UK until the majority of it's citizens votes otherwise,therefore Chris is allowed to be selected.As for your geographical knowledge,there is no such a country as Ireland,only Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland ,two separate political entities on this Island.
Nigel in Belfast Ireland not in GB wrote (1,017 days ago):
How does Chris Brunt even qualify for a team GB? Was he born there? Team UK I can see, but not coming from GB, how does that work? Is it team GB and Northern Ireland? This definately raises a number of concerns over nationality and could cause an almighty stink due to eligibility issues.
SHORT STRAND MAN in belfast wrote (1,017 days ago):
well surprise surprise mr ego beckham himself collecting his pay back for kicking the ball out of that double decker doubt he'll make the final cut and be captain with ALL his family in the stands watching proudly(wife pouting no doubt).while other athletes who have won gold medals struggle to find tickets for their families. then again "he can still deliver the ball" can't you david?
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