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    Imagine bale playing along side england team.

    This would be the only chance any country within the UK has to win any major international tournament

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    There should be a team representing us at the Olympics, but nowhere else.

    You could theoretically make a case for, in the summer where there aren't major tournaments, a GB Lions-style squad playing a few friendlies across the country to create a spectacle. But that's not going to happen, and given the stacked schedule for footballers anyway, it probably shouldn't happen.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    There should be a team representing us at the Olympics, but nowhere else.

    You could theoretically make a case for, in the summer where there aren't major tournaments, a GB Lions-style squad playing a few friendlies across the country to create a spectacle. But that's not going to happen, and given the stacked schedule for footballers anyway, it probably shouldn't happen.
    How would you decide if GB qualify though? Hardly fair to say if any home nation qualifies GB compete, that essentially gives them 4 chances to qualify.
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    (Original post by mojojojo101)
    How would you decide if GB qualify though? Hardly fair to say if any home nation qualifies GB compete, that essentially gives them 4 chances to qualify.
    A unified side plays the qualifiers?
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    (Original post by Wilfred Little)
    A unified side plays the qualifiers?
    Teams qualify to the Olympics via the contintental U21/U20 competitions. GB teams competing in those competitions just isn't going to happen.
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    (Original post by mojojojo101)
    How would you decide if GB qualify though? Hardly fair to say if any home nation qualifies GB compete, that essentially gives them 4 chances to qualify.
    Only players from teams that qualify can be chosen for the GB team?
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    The individual FAs (apart from The FA) don't want there to be a team GB because they fear losing their own right to a national team.

    Only Wales agreed to join in for 2012 and that agreement did not continue.

    It's also worth noting that, as far as the Olympics are concerned, the team has to be U23, except for 3 overage players, which is a faff to organise - especially as the Olympics always fall the same year as the Euros.
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    Why dont put put a poll up? NO.
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    (Original post by mojojojo101)
    Teams qualify to the Olympics via the contintental U21/U20 competitions. GB teams competing in those competitions just isn't going to happen.
    There isn't a way to go off the individual home nations performances I can think of either.

    It's really disappointing that we don't get to see a British team in the Olympics. I wish the Football Associations of each nation would just sort something out.
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    (Original post by difeo)
    Only players from teams that qualify can be chosen for the GB team?
    Probably the only way to do it, just going to be England on most occasions though.

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    The individual FAs (apart from The FA) don't want there to be a team GB because they fear losing their own right to a national team.

    Only Wales agreed to join in for 2012 and that agreement did not continue.

    It's also worth noting that, as far as the Olympics are concerned, the team has to be U23, except for 3 overage players, which is a faff to organise - especially as the Olympics always fall the same year as the Euros.
    FIFA have said it's not a problem, multiple times, Home Nations refuse to accept it though.

    Sure, it's a slightly annoying time to have a competition, it sort of falls after the Euros in the time when clubs will desperately want their players at their pre-season camps. The other home nations might find it a littl eharder but England in particular really shouldn't struggle to find 20 or so players under 23 who didn't go to / didn't play in the Euro's.
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    Yeh let's throw away 150 years of footballing tradition just so Gareth Bale can play for a different team.

    I don't think a Lions tour world work either. It works for rugby because England, Wales & Ireland (and occasionally Scotland) are all household names packed with international stars, and there's a ton of money involved.
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    (Original post by sr90)
    Yeh let's throw away 150 years of footballing tradition just so Gareth Bale can play for a different team.

    I don't think a Lions tour world work either. It works for rugby because England, Wales & Ireland (and occasionally Scotland) are all household names packed with international stars, and there's a ton of money involved.
    I think it would work - but not as a tour. It would have to be a domestic thing. Logistically, it would be a nightmare. But a 23-man squad of players from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland playing five matches across a summer (at Wembley, Hampden Park, Millennium Stadium, Aviva and Windsor Park) would surely attract interest if they were playing elite nations (Italy, Germany, Spain, France and maybe a South American county if willing off to the top of the head).
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    I'd love to see a Team GB football team at the Olympics again particularly when Stuart Pearce made such a pigs ear of it at London 2012 (leaving out Beckham, taking three left backs in a squad of only 18, selecting Richards, Bellamy and Giggs as our over 23 players).
 
 
 
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