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Great Britain Football Should It Stay?

With the Olympics now over, Team GB Football manager Stuart Pearce said he would like to see the Great Britain Football Team continue however in all seriousness this isn`t going to happen. There is too much opposition from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ever make a true Great Britain Football Team but is there still a way to keep a Great Britain team on the pitch?

As we all know now to qualify for the Olympics, a Great Britain Team needs to qualify via the European qualifiers, a tournament England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland already play.

Whilst we each individual nation does not want to lose their identity which is completely understandable, why not have Great Britain there as an alternative? There will be players who make the England Under 21`s, Scotland Under 21`s etc. who never get the chance on the big stage.

Charlie Austin for example has an exemplary goal scoring record as does Rickie Lambert, are either likely to play for their country? Not right now at least, so if Great Britain was there, they would have another option. An option to play in big tournaments which in turn creates better home grown players as well as improves the standard of football.

This would also mean perhaps a slow down to the influx of foreign players who currently litter the upper echelons of the game in the United Kingdom, meaning more home grown talent gets a chance to shine.

GB effectively could be kept as an alternative to players who don`t quite ever get that chance but if they were in other countries, they would.

That would mean players would pledge their allegiance to Great Britain and not alienate either of the home nations Football Association`s ensuring they keep their national identity which has been a huge sticking point in keeping the Great Britain Football Team.

Over the past two weeks we have seen how sport can bring a nation together, well if one of the home nations or more follow to qualify for a major tournament and Great Britain did, once again we would have a team to cheer and unite a nation or nation`s at that.

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Writer: Shaun Calderwood Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 14 2012

Time: 4:04PM


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