Three Swans in Team GB squad
SWANSEA City will have a bumper contingent at the Olympics after three players were included in Stuart Pearce's squad.
Joe Allen, Neil Taylor and Scott Sinclair have all made it into Team GB's 18-man squad for the Games later this month.
Their selection means Swansea are the best represented club in the group, having supplied more players than the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Former Swansea loanee Steven Caulker is also included after impressing Pearce while at the Liberty last season.
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Allen and Taylor were widely expected to make the cut and both admitted their delight after Pearce announced their names at a Wembley press conference yesterday.
"I'm very pleased," said Allen. "I've had my fingers crossed all summer, so it's great news, especially with so many excellent young players in the Premier League to choose from.
"There's a good representation from Swansea and Wales, so it shows that Welsh football is in a positive place at the moment.
"It's a proud moment for me and my family — and, of course, Swansea City."
Taylor added: "For me personally, it wasn't too long ago that I was playing my football in the Conference.
"Less than three years on I've represented my country, played in the Premier League and now I'm on my way to the Olympics. To say it's gone really well would be an understatement of the biggest order." Sinclair was named among the forwards, alongside the like of Craig Bellamy and former Chelsea team-mate Daniel Sturridge.
"I'm buzzing with the news," said the winger. "At 23, it was probably my only chance to represent Great Britain at the Olympics. I just made it, so I'm thrilled."
The Team GB squad will meet up for the first time a week on Saturday ahead of their opening match against Senegal at Old Trafford on July 26.
They then face United Arab Emirates on July 29 and Uruguay in the final group game on August 1.
Should they progress, Team GB will enter the knockout stages, with the gold medal match scheduled for August 11.
That is just a week before the new Premier League season kicks off.
No Scottish or Northern Irish players have been included in a squad made up of 13 Englishmen and five from Wales.
Ryan Giggs, Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy are selected in a group that must otherwise contain players aged 23 or under.
"Whenever I've looked at players, I never looked at their individual nation," said Pearce.
"I've picked Welsh lads based on their ability, not where they come from."
Squad: J. Allen (Swansea), C. Bellamy (Liverpool), R. Bertrand (Chelsea), J. Butland (Birmingham), S. Caulker (Tottenham), T. Cleverley (Manchester United), J. Cork (Southampton), C. Dawson (West Brom), R. Giggs (Manchester United), A. Ramsey (Arsenal), M. Richards (Manchester City), D. Rose (Tottenham), S. Sinclair (Swansea), M. Sordell (Bolton), J. Steele (Middlesbrough), D. Sturridge (Chelsea), N. Taylor (Swansea), J. Tomkins (West Ham).