Km Little and Jess Fishlock back Team GB Olympic idea

By Tony LeightonWomen's football reporter
Team GB's Kim Little
Kim Little plays her club football for Seattle Reign

Scotland's Kim Little and Wales captain Jess Fishlock have both backed the idea of a Team GB women's squad at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Little, 24, played in all five of GB's games at London 2012 after going against the Scottish FA's wishes.

"Playing in the Olympics was one of the best experiences of my life," she said.

"Whether or not there will be another Team GB is all up in the air at the moment, but if it happens my view would be the same as last time."

Last week, the English FA announced its intention to enter both men's and women's teams at the Rio Olympics - but the Scottish FA, the FA of Wales and the Irish FA oppose the idea.

In order to qualify, England, coached by Mark Sampson, would have to end this year's World Cup in Canada as one of the three highest-placed European nations.

Little's Seattle Reign team-mate Fishlock, 28, currently on loan at Frankfurt, narrowly missed out on selection for the 2012 squad that was assembled by the then England head coach Hope Powell.

But Sampson managed Fishlock when both were at Women's Super League club Bristol Academy.

"I understand the FAW's stance," said the midfielder. "But if I was asked to play for Team GB I would say yes.

"Mark knows what I can offer and, after seeing the success of London 2012 and what it did for the women's game, I would be love to be involved."

In 2012, Team GB lost in the quarter-finals to Canada, but a crowd of 70,584 - a record for a women's game in Britain - had seen GB beat Brazil 1-0 at Wembley.