Speedway: Olly Allen 'surprised' by GB omission

Olly Allen
Allen is a former Elite League champion with Coventry

King's Lynn Stars captain Olly Allen has revealed his disappointment at not making the line-up for Great Britain's World Cup qualifier.

Allen has been named in GB boss Neil Middleditch's nine-man squad.

But barring injury the 29-year-old will not be picked to ride for his country on his home track.

"I'm a little surprised I'm not in the line-up, but the manager's got to do what's best for the team," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"I'd love to be a part of it, and I think I could definitely do as good a job around King's Lynn as any other English guy.

"I'm so proud when I represent my country and I'd love to be a part of it.

"It's been really cool to be captain of my home team, the more responsibility you give me the more I thrive on it."

Britain take on world champions Poland, Russia and Czech Republic in their Word Cup qualifying group at the Norfolk Arena on 11 July.

Norfolk-born Allen has been in fine form around his home track this season, averaging 8.16 and helping the Stars to second in the Elite League table.

"Team spirit is a good as any team I've ever known," he explained.

"I'd compare it to the atmosphere we had at Coventry when we won the Elite League a few years ago.

"We're all thinking the same thing, which is we were rated as underdogs at the start of the year and we really want to prove everyone wrong.

"We're aiming for top two, I don't want to come out and say 'we will get top two' but that's secretly what we're aiming for."

Allen's former side Coventry Bees are up next for the Stars, with the two clubs meeting at Brandon on Friday.