Saturday, April 21, 2012

LONDON 2012: FERGUSON NOT HAPPY WITH ROONEY'S CALL UP INTO GREAT BRITAIN TEAM


Wayne Rooney is on the shortlist for the Great Britain Olympic football squad, even though Team GB manager Stuart Pearce has promised no one will play at both this summer's European Championship and the London Games. 

According to reports, the England's key striker is one of 10 Manchester United players on Pearce's latest list for London 2012which has infuriated United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson claims that with many Premier League players expected to be involved in the Games, clubs' preparations for the new season, which starts only seven days after the Olympic final in London on August 11, will be reduced to 'absolute chaos'.

Last week Pearce, still nominally in charge of England's plans for Euro 2012, cut his Olympic squad from an initial 191 to a shortlist of 80.

And Ferguson was staggered to learn that Rooney's name was alongside those of teammates Ryan Giggs, Ashley Young, Ben Amos, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick and Jonny Evans as Olympic possibles ahead of Tuesday's draw for the competition.

Pearce does not have to name his 18-strong Team GB squad until July 8, seven days after the Euro 2012 final in Kiev. But England's participation in the tournament could be over long before then, even as early as their final group game against Ukraine on June 19.
With Rooney banned for the first two group games, the United striker faces the prospect of playing as little as 90 minutes at Euro 2012.

That would leave him still comparatively fresh, despite a heavy workload with United this season.

The Olympic organisers, with an eye on ticket sales for the football tournament, would love Rooney to take part.

Source: DAILYMAIL
Edited by: COSMOS CHUKWUEMEKA



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