Euro 2012 - London 2012 Olympic Games: Rooney's Fate

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Euro 2012 v London 2012 Olympic Games: Wayne Rooney's Fate to be Determined

Rooney was given a three-match ban by UEFA after his red card in England's match against Montenegro.

The ban may rule the striker out of the entire group stage.

The FA is considering appealing against the length of the suspension once they receive UEFA''s full report.

As a result, Wayne Rooney may lead British team at London 2012 Olympic Games

The FA has opened the door for certain England players who make the Euro 2012 squad to take part in the London Olympics.

The England Euro 2012 squad potentially may be part of the first British Olympic football side at the Games for 52 years.

But Stuart Pearce, announced he will be free to consider players who are selected for England including Wayne Rooney, if his three-match ban is upheld by Uefa and England go out in the group stages or soonafterwards.

“What we don’t want to do is lock ourselves in. I think we’re aware of the challenges that would be presented for any player to play in both tournaments. Obviously there is a different level of demand there,” said Adrian Bevington, Club England managing director.

“We’re not going to say no one who goes to the Euros could actually go to the Olympics. “Any of the situations would have to be managed sensitively and sensibly.”

The Euro 2012 group stages finish on 19 June, with the final on 1 July.

The British Olympic Association will name its Olympic team, including men’s football teams of 18 players plus four reserves, by 8 July.

“I think this is something Stuart would have to have a view on. But the priority for Wayne Rooney and the England men’s senior team is the European Championship. We’re awaiting Uefa’s written reasons following the incident a few weeks ago and, until that time, we cannot dictate what our pathway’s going to be on that,” Bevington said. “Our real hope is Wayne can be available for the championship. Once we know where we stand it’s one for Stuart and Fabio Capello, really.”

The FA chairman, David Bernstein said Pearce would be free to pick players from all four home nations despite objections from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“I am not going into this job looking to only select English players. All the home nations should come forward and put their players up for selection,” Pearce said. “A lot will depend on the players’ mentality. I think they’ll be very excited.”

The first Olympic football matches taking place on 25 July.

“I think this tournament will be dictated to by a groundswell of opinion by the players; they will dictate their availability, I really do,” said Pearce. “The players will be very, very excited by being part of the squad, if they’re good enough to get in it. I think they will dictate to the clubs in some ways.”

David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen and Joe Cole are among those who have been mentioned as filling the three over-age berths in the squad.

“Everyone will be up for selection. Form and fitness will dictate who I pick. I’ve not seen him (Beckham) play recently, he’s a bit too old for the under-21s so he’s not been on my radar.”

“I wouldn’t close the door on anyone, certainly if you’re talking about an individual of Ryan Gigg’s ability. With the tournament being eight months away, the preparation time and games we have will probably be very isolated and very near the tournament. The door is open for everybody.”

“I think there’ll be a real momentum growing, not just in football but in the Olympics. I think this nation is fantastically privileged to have this sporting event.”

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