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GB v Brazil - Team GB in warm up game

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Team GB play their one and only Olympic warm-up game against Brazil at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on Friday, 20 July. But pre-game sales indicate the stadium will be far from full, as Team GB plays the first time since the 1960 Olympics.

It's an interesting choice of game as Brazil are clear 3/1 favourites to win the Olympic tournament and GB could easily get turned over. The lack of a full house re-emphasises the stupidity of leaving David Beckham out of the squad.

Beckham is not only one of the best players this country’s has ever had, but he is experienced, respected, loved by the fans and has the passion that has been so desperately missing from the England squad in recent years.

He also played a huge part in bringing the Games to London and which shouldn’t be instantly overlooked. He may be not the player he was 10 years ago but he still would have bought huge positives to the team

Their is no doubting the former Stuart Pearce's ability as a manager and a lot of the choices he made make sense. However, it appears he has used the famous number 7 as a martyr to show how ruthless he is and to keep the other players in check.

Pearce's forward options will be limited due to Daniel Sturridge's illness.

The Chelsea striker remains a doubt, despite joining up with the Team GB squad after being treated for viral meningitis.

Pearce can name a replacement before 25 July, although he is confident Sturridge will be fit to feature.

"I have got to be 100% sure in my mind that Daniel is fit enough and can see out a tournament," Pearce said.

"There were certainly doubts because of the illness he had.

"Our fitness and conditioning people are having a look at him, to see how he will come through training. Chelsea's medical people are more than happy."

Captain Ryan Giggs is one of three overage players in the squad alongside Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards.

Giggs has reiterated his delight at being given the chance to represent Team GB.

"It has been immense.

"I never thought this was going to happen, for me to be involved in anything like this.

"I am just want to embrace this and enjoy every moment. This is something I am going to cherish for the rest of my life."

Brazil will be sending a squad full of senior international experience, with only one player in the squad yet to make an appearance for his country.

The South Americans have named a strong attacking squad featuring the likes of Hulk, Neymar and Alexandre Pato.

Marcelo and Thiago Silva join Porto's Hulk as the three overage players in the squad, and it is clear to see why the Brazilians are the favourites to win the gold medal in London.

With Brazil keen to prepare for the 2014 World Cup, the Olympics will be seen as a great opportunity to gain vital experience with their young squad.

Superstar striker Neymar has said that Team GB will be a weaker side without David Beckham, but says he is disappointed not to get the chance to face Beckham.

"When Beckham was not selected I was a little happy and a little sad,”said Neymar.

“I was happy because he will not be competing against us so it is a little less complicated for us but I was sad because he is a great player, so I would have liked to have played against him one time. It would have been something I could have told my children.”

In truth the only way back for Becks is if Richards, Bellamy or Giggs are injured. But try telling the stay away fans that.


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