Carshalton's Cork in Team GB football squad

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Carshalton footballer Jack Cork has been named in the Team GB squad for the 2012 Olympics.

The 23-year-old Southampton midfielder, son of former Wimbledon legend Alan Cork, is in manager Stuart Pearce's final 18-man squad for the London Games, announced today.

Cork has 13 England U21 caps to his name and switched to the Saints from Chelsea - where he started his career - at the start of last season, having enjoyed successful loan spells at Scunthorpe United, Coventry City, Watford and Burnley.

Former Chelsea team-mate Daniel Sturridge is also in the squad, as are experienced stars Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards as Pearce's allocation of the over age players.

"It has not been an easy task to finalise my squad for this tournament, and the stature of the competition and uniqueness of the occasion has underlined the importance of every choice I have made," said Pearce.

"With just 18 places it is very different from other international tournaments, the options are limited, but it is the Olympic Games and every player in this squad should be very proud they have a chance to compete for a gold medal on home soil.

"I remember the huge advantage we gained from playing in front of our own fans during Euro '96, and I'm sure with the nation behind us it could be a fantastic tournament for us."

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