Sam Allardyce says he supports idea of Team GB entering football teams into Olympic Games

  • Sam Allardyce keen to see Team GB football teams at future Olympics
  • Team GB were represented by men’s and women’s sides at London 2012
  • Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish FA’s reluctant to back Team GB
  • Nations fear loss of FIFA independence if they support combined side 

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England boss Sam Allardyce has backed the return of Team GB football sides for future Olympic Games.

Britain entered men’s and women’s teams into London 2012, but home nations associations insisted that was purely to support the host country.

Team GB was unable to enter either side into the Rio 2016 Games, but Allardyce believes that should change in future.

(L-R) Neil Taylor, Jack Butland and Ryan Giggs represented Team GB at London 2012

(L-R) Neil Taylor, Jack Butland and Ryan Giggs represented Team GB at London 2012

The men's Team GB side was managed by former England Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce

The men’s Team GB side was managed by former England Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce

A youthful looking Aaron Ramsey celebrates his quarter-final goal four years ago

A youthful looking Aaron Ramsey celebrates his quarter-final goal four years ago

New England boss Sam Allardyce wants to see Team GB football sides playing in Olympics

New England boss Sam Allardyce wants to see Team GB football sides playing in Olympics

Alex Scott was part of the Team GB women's side that reached the last eight at London 2012

Alex Scott was part of the Team GB women’s side that reached the last eight at London 2012

TEAM GB MEN LONDON 2012

Group stage:

vs Senegal: 1-1 (Bellamy)

vs UAE: 3-1 (Giggs, Sinclair, Sturridge)

vs Uruguay: 1-0 (Sturridge)

Quarter-final: 

vs South Korea: 1-1 (Ramsey) lost 5-4 on pens 

TEAM GB WOMEN 2012

Group stage:

vs New Zealand: 1-0 (Houghton)

vs Cameroon: 3-0 (Stoney, J. Scott, Houghton)

vs Brazil: 1-0 (Houghton)

Quarter-final: 

vs Canada: 0-2 

When asked if he regrets Team GB’s absence from football competition at the 2016 Olympics, Allardyce told the BBC: ‘I do personally, yes. I think it’s a fantastic venue, once every four years and to turn it down is a great shame.’ 

The English Football Association had lobbied to send teams to Rio but was unable to secure the support of their Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish counterparts, who fear such a move could impact upon their independent status within the sport’s world governing body FIFA.

Former Sunderland manager Allardyce, however, believes a return to action would be a boost for both Team GB and British football as a whole.

‘When you see the delight on Justin Rose’s face when he won the gold medal in golf it shows what it all means,’ said Allardyce.

‘It’s something we may look at in the future and try to compete in.’

 

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