606's Great Britain XI
Since Stuart Pearce was named as coach for the male Great Britain team at next year’s Olympics you’ve been helping us pick the team that should play in the side.
The obvious restriction is we can only have three players over 23-year olds, but other than that, we took creative license in assuming the Welsh, Northern Irish and Scottish FAs were happy for their players to be available for selection, while English players were also all available.
And the results – on Facebook and Twitter – have got us all talking in the 606 office.
The first appointment was Aaron Ramsey as captain, which meant we still had space for three over 23’s – and you gave Wayne Rooney, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs the nod.
The next couple of days left us with some interesting decisions for goalkeeper and left back – but with Alex Smithies and Neil Taylor, we’re pretty happy some players who have been doing their business quietly have now been given some deserved recognition.
The most surprising thing in putting this together was finding the love for Emile Heskey. Unfortunately, despite being nominated for almost every position on the park, he didn’t top any of them - and is over 23 - so we’ve decided to give him the honorary position of Assistant Manager.
The kind of role Beckham took in South Africa.
So the team in full:
Alex Smithies (Huddersfield/England)
Kyle Walker (Tottenham/England)
Chris Smalling (Man United/England)
Phil Jones (Man United/England)
Neil Taylor (Swansea/Wales)
David Beckham (LA Galaxy/England)
Aaron Ramsey – Captain (Arsenal/Wales)
Ryan Giggs (Man United/Wales)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal/England)
Gareth Bale (Tottenham/Wales)
Wayne Rooney (Man United/England)
And Emile Heskey, The Ambassador