Yesterday's announcement by Craig Bellamy that he will be part of the Team GB team along with possibly fellow Welshman Ryan Giggs and England’s David Beckham to take the three over-age slots in Stuart Pearce’s squad.
"I am in the Olympic squad but I was supposed to keep it quiet," the Liverpool striker said
"It's a different challenge. I had a difficult season with Liverpool but the Olympics are a one-off."
Unlike Bellamy, Beckham has kept a discreet silence only saying he wants to compete at the Olympics on merit and nothing else.
The LA Galaxy star feels suggestions that he would get a place in the Team GB football squad because of glamour, newspaper sales or because he is a bigger commercial hitter is "a bit disrespectful".
"Any time I have been asked about shirt sales and filling stadiums, I've never said it is disrespectful but it's the kind of question I have felt is," he said.
Team GB manager Stuart Pearce is to delay naming his 18-man Olympic squad due to fitness concerns over a number of key players, but Euro 2012 injury victims Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill are not thought to be under consideration. Though Spurs right-back Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling from Manchester United and Manchester City defender Micah Richards, are all strong contenders to figure in Pearce’s squad subject to injury.
Bellamy could also be joined by with the Welsh youngsters Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.