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Jan 17, 2012

Giggs, Beckham keen on Olympic place

Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs and former England captain David Beckham are among 184 players who have confirmed to the Football Association that they wish to be considered for selection for the British men's team at the London Olympics.

• Euro 2012 stars ruled out of Olympics

The FA have contacted 191 players to gauge their interest in playing at the 2012 Olympic football tournament, with only seven ruling themselves out completely.

Although football at the Olympics is an Under-23 event, each participating nation is allowed three over-age players - with Giggs and Beckham both believed to be keen to play that role.

British Olympic Association communications director Darryl Seibel said: "This is an outstanding response and it confirms what we have believed all along, which is there is widespread interest among players in competing for Team GB at the London 2012 Games. Clearly, the players recognise just how special this opportunity is.''

Players who wanted to be in the Team GB Player Pool, from which coach Stuart Pearce will pick his squad for the Olympics, did not need to provide a written response to the FA. However, a large percentage of the 184 players did contact the FA to confirm they wanted to be considered.

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