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08 Jul 2012 14:47:24

Bellamy: Don't worry, GB happy

Wales international Craig Bellamy is not interested in the politics surrounding Team GB, only the chance to be involved at London 2012.

Much had been made of the reluctance of the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish associations to give their blessing to the unified GB team. Five Wales internationals have included in the 18-man squad and Bellamy is among those as one of three overage players and is not too bothered about the political side of things.

"I never heard anything about that," he told Press Association Sport, speaking at Team GB's Preparation Camp at Loughborough University. "I am just happy to be involved in this and to have this opportunity. I would have always loved to be involved in this and how could you not? I have not heard anything elsewhere. I am not about politics, I am just here to play football."

Following the announcement of Stuart Pearce's 18-man side, much has been made of David Beckham's omission.

The LA Galaxy midfielder had been considered a shoe in for the squad, with his absence somewhat overshadowing the naming of the squad. Bellamy insists talk of Beckham has not proved a distraction and seemed irked by the fact it is still a subject of debate.

"What can I do? I don't pick the squad," he said. "I have nothing to do with any of that.

"I have just been asked to play. I will play to the best of my ability and give everything I've got."

Bellamy was chirpier talking about countryman Ryan Giggs' appointment as Team GB captain.

London 2012 will be the Manchester United man's first major tournament in what has been a long and successful career. Bellamy, who is also making his first major tournament appearance, is pleased for the 38-year-old, who he believes is the perfect man for the job.

"He is probably one of the best players who has ever played the game," he added. "It is fitting he is captain and also I have been very fortunate to play with him for my country as well, so I know Ryan quite well. It is very fitting he is captain and is here."


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