England players called up for next year’s European Championship will not be selected to represent Britain at the London Olympics, according to the Football Association.
Britain’s head coach Stuart Pearce allayed the fears of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and his Premier League counterparts who were worried that players could burn out if they took part in the Olympics and Euro 2012.
“It’s a sensible football decision when you consider the demands on players, and it leaves no room for doubt for players and their clubs about the two major tournaments,” said Pearce. Britain is fielding a football team at the Games for the first time since 1960.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2011.