Saunders: Team GB can benefit Welsh football
FORMER Wales striker Dean Saunders believes Welsh football can benefit from Team GB's exploits at the Olympics.
Great Britain take on Uruguay in their final group game at the Millennium Stadium tonight (7.45), needing only a draw to claim a place in the quarter-finals.
Swansea City are the best represented club in Stuart Pearce's 18-man party, with Englishman Scott Sinclair and Wales duo Neil Taylor and Joe Allen all included.
And although the Football Association of Wales and a number of Welsh fans are vehemently against the idea of a British side, ex-Swansea and Liverpool forward Saunders reckons his countrymen will be inspired by their Olympic experience.
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"I think it's been great. Everybody was unsure how it would go, but it's been a success so far," said Saunders, who is a football ambassador for Olympic organisers Locog.
"They looked a little disjointed when they played their friendly against Brazil but since then they've got stronger and stronger.
"I think it's been especially good for Welsh football.
"For Neil Taylor, Joe Allen, Craig Bellamy, Aaron Ramsey and Ryan Giggs, it's been amazing.
"Two years ago Neil was playing for me with Wrexham in the Conference, and Joe was there on loan as well.
"To achieve what they have done since then has been amazing. This tournament is a great opportunity for them.
"I also played with Ryan, so I know how much playing in th Olympics will mean to him.
"I would have loved to have played in a tournament like this. The only international competition I ever played in was a three-team tournament with Japan and Australia.
"It's been great to see the whole country — the whole of Britain — getting behind Team GB."
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