Saints midfielder Cork named in GB Olympic squad

Saints midfielder Cork named in GB Olympic squad

Saints midfielder Cork named in GB Olympic squad

First published in Sport

SAINTS midfielder Jack Cork has been named in the Great Britain Olympic football squad.

The 23-year-old is one of 18 players selected by manager Stuart Pearce for London 2012.

Cork joins the likes of Ryan Giggs, Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy in the squad that will be going for gold this summer.

The Daily Echo revealed in February that the former Chelsea player, who moved to St Mary's last summer, was on Pearce's Olympic shortlist.

Pearce said: "It has not been an easy task to finalise my squad for this tournament, and the stature of the competition and uniqueness of the occasion has underlined the importance of every choice I have made.

"With just 18 places it is very different from other international tournaments, the options are limited, but it is the Olympic Games and every player in this squad should be very proud they have a chance to compete for a gold medal on home soil.

"I remember the huge advantage we gained from playing in front of our own fans during Euro '96, and I'm sure with the nation behind us it could be a fantastic tournament for us."

In total, five Welsh and 13 English players have been selected for the team, with no representation from Scotland or Northern Ireland.

The announcement of the squad confirmed that David Beckham has missed out, with Giggs, Bellamy and Richards the three over-age players allowed.

Swansea have three players named, the most of any club - Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor - while Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, who has also been included, was on loan at the Liberty Stadium last season.

Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge is also chosen, as is Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Manchester United Tom Cleverley. Ex-Saint Gareth Bale would have been selected but has been ruled out due to injury.

London 2012 will be the first time that Team GB have competed in the men's football competition since the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where they finished third in their group.

Team GB kick off their campaign at Manchester United's Old Trafford against Senegal on July 26. They then play the United Arab Emirates at Wembley on July 29, before their final group fixture against Uruguay at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on August 1.

Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt said: "After a 52-year absence from the Olympic Games, it is fantastic to welcome the men's football squad to Team GB for London 2012.

"Representing your country at the Olympic Games is a very unique, special experience and I am sure this talented and determined group of men's footballers will play a full part as members of Team GB at our home Olympic Games.

"The squad selected possesses a good blend of youth and experience, with 16 of the 18 selected athletes playing their football at the very highest level in the Premier League last season.

"In Stuart Pearce they have an experienced and passionate manager and I am sure the younger players will learn a lot from their time with Team GB at the Olympic Games.

"Football fans from the across the UK are regarded worldwide as among the most passionate and knowledgeable supporters in the world and this summer offers a unique opportunity to get behind Team GB on home soil.

"I am confident that this famous vocal support will drive the young players on to produce many memorable and inspirational performances at the Olympic Games this summer."

Team GB squad: Jack Butland (Birmingham), Jason Steele (Middlesbrough); Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Craig Dawson (West Brom), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Neil Taylor (Swansea), James Tomkins (West Ham); Joe Allen (Swansea), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Jack Cork (Southampton), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Scott Sinclair (Swansea); Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea).

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3:09pm Mon 2 Jul 12

ramptonfromsouthampton says...

Congratulations Jack - some well desrved recognition for the work you've put in with Saints!
Congratulations Jack - some well desrved recognition for the work you've put in with Saints! ramptonfromsouthampton
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3:10pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

What about Adam? And Rickie? Also would have given Chappers a go and Morgan if he wasn't a frog.
What about Adam? And Rickie? Also would have given Chappers a go and Morgan if he wasn't a frog. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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3:16pm Mon 2 Jul 12

anderoo says...

Well done Jack.....fully deserved. Would of thought Lallana would of stood a chance, but Pearce knew more about Corky from the U21's
Well done Jack.....fully deserved. Would of thought Lallana would of stood a chance, but Pearce knew more about Corky from the U21's anderoo
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3:21pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Confucious says...

Will definitely tune in to watch Jack play if selected - unless of course it clashes with the women's beach volleyball.
Will definitely tune in to watch Jack play if selected - unless of course it clashes with the women's beach volleyball. Confucious
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3:23pm Mon 2 Jul 12

batesieboy says...

...and Jos if he weren't a Cloggie. And Butland will be a Saints player soon...
...and Jos if he weren't a Cloggie. And Butland will be a Saints player soon... batesieboy
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3:33pm Mon 2 Jul 12

SouthamptonLegend says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
What about Adam? And Rickie? Also would have given Chappers a go and Morgan if he wasn't a frog.
Are they 23 years old or younger? Or are they better than Giggs, Bellamy or Richards?

No.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: What about Adam? And Rickie? Also would have given Chappers a go and Morgan if he wasn't a frog.[/p][/quote]Are they 23 years old or younger? Or are they better than Giggs, Bellamy or Richards? No. SouthamptonLegend
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3:51pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Dickosfc says...

Good luck Jack! Hope he gets some game time. He'll get an England call up before long :-)
Good luck Jack! Hope he gets some game time. He'll get an England call up before long :-) Dickosfc
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4:08pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

SouthamptonLegend wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
What about Adam? And Rickie? Also would have given Chappers a go and Morgan if he wasn't a frog.
Are they 23 years old or younger? Or are they better than Giggs, Bellamy or Richards?

No.
Depends what date the cut off is. Adam turned 24 last month and of course he's better!
[quote][p][bold]SouthamptonLegend[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: What about Adam? And Rickie? Also would have given Chappers a go and Morgan if he wasn't a frog.[/p][/quote]Are they 23 years old or younger? Or are they better than Giggs, Bellamy or Richards? No.[/p][/quote]Depends what date the cut off is. Adam turned 24 last month and of course he's better! Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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4:16pm Mon 2 Jul 12

St Retford says...

Awesome. Who are we playing? (I'm a little unprepared for Olympic football.)
Awesome. Who are we playing? (I'm a little unprepared for Olympic football.) St Retford
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4:41pm Mon 2 Jul 12

pushamara says...

St Retford wrote:
Awesome. Who are we playing? (I'm a little unprepared for Olympic football.)
Team GB kick off their campaign at Manchester United's Old Trafford against Senegal on July 26. They then play the United Arab Emirates at Wembley on July 29, before their final group fixture against Uruguay at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on August 1.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Awesome. Who are we playing? (I'm a little unprepared for Olympic football.)[/p][/quote]Team GB kick off their campaign at Manchester United's Old Trafford against Senegal on July 26. They then play the United Arab Emirates at Wembley on July 29, before their final group fixture against Uruguay at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on August 1. pushamara
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4:51pm Mon 2 Jul 12

george chivers says...

Happy for Jack Cork. But also a bit surprised. But there again he can play in a number of positions so a good player to have in the squad.
Happy for Jack Cork. But also a bit surprised. But there again he can play in a number of positions so a good player to have in the squad. george chivers
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4:58pm Mon 2 Jul 12

St Retford says...

pushamara wrote:
St Retford wrote:
Awesome. Who are we playing? (I'm a little unprepared for Olympic football.)
Team GB kick off their campaign at Manchester United's Old Trafford against Senegal on July 26. They then play the United Arab Emirates at Wembley on July 29, before their final group fixture against Uruguay at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on August 1.
Cheers. That Uruguay team will be decent. Worth a fiver imo.
[quote][p][bold]pushamara[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Awesome. Who are we playing? (I'm a little unprepared for Olympic football.)[/p][/quote]Team GB kick off their campaign at Manchester United's Old Trafford against Senegal on July 26. They then play the United Arab Emirates at Wembley on July 29, before their final group fixture against Uruguay at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on August 1.[/p][/quote]Cheers. That Uruguay team will be decent. Worth a fiver imo. St Retford
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5:26pm Mon 2 Jul 12

anderoo says...

Wonder if there's any tickets left for the GB football game?
Wonder if there's any tickets left for the GB football game? anderoo
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5:48pm Mon 2 Jul 12

saintshorse101 says...

Confucious wrote:
Will definitely tune in to watch Jack play if selected - unless of course it clashes with the women's beach volleyball.
ah yes the delights of womens beach vollyball and sky+, i like to watch it again and again to make sure i know all the rules and get the finer points of the game!
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Will definitely tune in to watch Jack play if selected - unless of course it clashes with the women's beach volleyball.[/p][/quote]ah yes the delights of womens beach vollyball and sky+, i like to watch it again and again to make sure i know all the rules and get the finer points of the game! saintshorse101
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6:20pm Mon 2 Jul 12

circa 66 saint says...

droooooooooooooooooo
l breathe
droooooooooooooooooo
l breathe
droooooooooooooooooo
l breathe
droooooooooooooooooo
l breathe
puff on the old inhaler
droooooooooooooooooo
l breathe
droooooooooooooooooo
l breathe
WOMENS BEACH VOLLEY BALL
DON'T YA JUST LOVE IT.
droooooooooooooooooo l breathe droooooooooooooooooo l breathe droooooooooooooooooo l breathe droooooooooooooooooo l breathe puff on the old inhaler droooooooooooooooooo l breathe droooooooooooooooooo l breathe WOMENS BEACH VOLLEY BALL DON'T YA JUST LOVE IT. circa 66 saint
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6:48pm Mon 2 Jul 12

slugger says...

circa 66 saint wrote:
droooooooooooooooooo

l breathe
droooooooooooooooooo

l breathe
droooooooooooooooooo

l breathe
droooooooooooooooooo

l breathe
puff on the old inhaler
droooooooooooooooooo

l breathe
droooooooooooooooooo

l breathe
WOMENS BEACH VOLLEY BALL
DON'T YA JUST LOVE IT.
it'd be better if they where a bit of a fuller figure in the bra area if you get my drift ?
[quote][p][bold]circa 66 saint[/bold] wrote: droooooooooooooooooo l breathe droooooooooooooooooo l breathe droooooooooooooooooo l breathe droooooooooooooooooo l breathe puff on the old inhaler droooooooooooooooooo l breathe droooooooooooooooooo l breathe WOMENS BEACH VOLLEY BALL DON'T YA JUST LOVE IT.[/p][/quote]it'd be better if they where a bit of a fuller figure in the bra area if you get my drift ? slugger
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7:02pm Mon 2 Jul 12

Baddesley Bill says...

slugger wrote:
circa 66 saint wrote:
droooooooooooooooooo


l breathe
droooooooooooooooooo


l breathe
droooooooooooooooooo


l breathe
droooooooooooooooooo


l breathe
puff on the old inhaler
droooooooooooooooooo


l breathe
droooooooooooooooooo


l breathe
WOMENS BEACH VOLLEY BALL
DON'T YA JUST LOVE IT.
it'd be better if they where a bit of a fuller figure in the bra area if you get my drift ?
Is there not a big breasted version of womens beach volley ball yet?...they do seem to have a fat women's version for hammer throwing...come on Lord Coe...sort it out!!!!
[quote][p][bold]slugger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]circa 66 saint[/bold] wrote: droooooooooooooooooo l breathe droooooooooooooooooo l breathe droooooooooooooooooo l breathe droooooooooooooooooo l breathe puff on the old inhaler droooooooooooooooooo l breathe droooooooooooooooooo l breathe WOMENS BEACH VOLLEY BALL DON'T YA JUST LOVE IT.[/p][/quote]it'd be better if they where a bit of a fuller figure in the bra area if you get my drift ?[/p][/quote]Is there not a big breasted version of womens beach volley ball yet?...they do seem to have a fat women's version for hammer throwing...come on Lord Coe...sort it out!!!! Baddesley Bill
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8:11pm Mon 2 Jul 12

olddellsaint says...

Well done Corkey, well deserved, (bet posh looks a bit p****d off).

As for the ladies beach vollyball; !Behave yourselves lads!
Well done Corkey, well deserved, (bet posh looks a bit p****d off). As for the ladies beach vollyball; !Behave yourselves lads! olddellsaint
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8:33pm Mon 2 Jul 12

circa 66 saint says...

olddellsaint wrote:
Well done Corkey, well deserved, (bet posh looks a bit p****d off).

As for the ladies beach vollyball; !Behave yourselves lads!
ok how about the "sport of synchronised swimming" a more genteel spectator sport for everyone
oh forgot this is a football forum COME ON YOU REDS
[quote][p][bold]olddellsaint[/bold] wrote: Well done Corkey, well deserved, (bet posh looks a bit p****d off). As for the ladies beach vollyball; !Behave yourselves lads![/p][/quote]ok how about the "sport of synchronised swimming" a more genteel spectator sport for everyone oh forgot this is a football forum COME ON YOU REDS circa 66 saint
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8:41pm Mon 2 Jul 12

ghk230473 says...

I predict full England cap for corky.
I predict full England cap for corky. ghk230473
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8:55am Tue 3 Jul 12

Alicesdad says...

Well deserved. Good luck to him.

It's also recognition not just for the player but for our managements' demonstrable ability to identify and sign young players who have massive potential.
Well deserved. Good luck to him. It's also recognition not just for the player but for our managements' demonstrable ability to identify and sign young players who have massive potential. Alicesdad
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8:56am Tue 3 Jul 12

mack chinnon says...

Bet he dosent score.
Bet he dosent score. mack chinnon
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9:03am Tue 3 Jul 12

adscm says...

Well done Corky.

Does anyone else think it strange that Oxlaide-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott aren't included? The Ox is definitely U23 and I think Theo is too, just.
Well done Corky. Does anyone else think it strange that Oxlaide-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott aren't included? The Ox is definitely U23 and I think Theo is too, just. adscm
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12:55pm Tue 3 Jul 12

SO50 Saint says...

Because both were at and used at the euro's I think is the reason behind that. Obviously Butland was too but think he is the only one and he didnt get any game time
Because both were at and used at the euro's I think is the reason behind that. Obviously Butland was too but think he is the only one and he didnt get any game time SO50 Saint
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3:58pm Tue 3 Jul 12

seventh-junction says...

mack chinnon wrote:
Bet he dosent score.
It wouldn't suprise me if he gets a few as he hasn't scored for us.
I might get myself down the bookies and put a few bob on him!
[quote][p][bold]mack chinnon[/bold] wrote: Bet he dosent score.[/p][/quote]It wouldn't suprise me if he gets a few as he hasn't scored for us. I might get myself down the bookies and put a few bob on him! seventh-junction
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