Redknapp happy for Bale to play in Olympics

Fri, 21 Oct 22:43:22 2011

Newly-appointed Team GB football boss Stuart Pearce has received a huge boost after Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said he would not stand in the way of Gareth Bale's participation in the Olympics.

Pearce was named as the head coach of the men's football team on Thursday and immediately made it clear that, despite opposition from the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish Football Associations, he wants to be able to pick a squad that includes representatives from all four nations.

Of the non-English players available to him, Bale is perhaps the most talented and would easily slot in to the left-wing position that has troubled the English team for so long.

Bale himself revealed this summer that he was keen to play at London 2012, despite opposition from the Welsh FA, but his participation in the tournament requires the consent of his club manager.

Redknapp removed that obstacle by declaring that he would be happy for the flying winger to take part in the Games.

"If that's what he wants then I wouldn't stop him playing," Redknapp said. "I think it's a great honour for anyone to play in an Olympic Games. It must be fantastic, something to look back on for years to come. To play in the Olympic Games in England, I think it would be a great honour for any player. I certainly wouldn't stop anyone going."


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