June 20 2013 Latest news:
Friday, July 6, 2012
Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett is understood to be on the standby list for Great Britain’s Olympic football team.
Although the list has not been made public by the FA, it is understood the four players currently on standby are 22-year-old Bennett, Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes and Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.
The four players on the standby list can technically be replaced by any on the original long list of 35 up to July 25.
Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge remains hopeful he will be able to play for Team GB after undergoing hospital tests for suspected viral meningitis. The 22-year-old forward fell ill over the weekend with what is typically considered a mild strain of the disease.
Sturridge feels confident he can recover in time to take some part in the Games.
In a statement, the England international said: “The Chelsea medical team have been closely monitoring everything and they and the doctors and nurses at St Mary’s Hospital have been outstanding throughout.
“Thankfully, I am starting to feel a lot better and I am optimistic about being able to make the Olympics.
“I am fortunate to have received many wishes of support and I want to thank everybody who has sent messages, it is much appreciated.”
Blues boss Roberto di Matteo added: “We are going to follow his situation and hopefully he will get well as soon as possible.”
Stuart Pearce’s 18-man GB squad is set to meet in Loughborough next weekend and the manager has until July 25 to select a replacement should Sturridge be forced to withdraw.
and be able to join Olympics squad.
“He is currently still in hospital but I am optimistic he will recover (in time to play).
“I think it’s a question of daily monitoring his health, that’s what matters most to him, his family and ourselves.
“We have had a doctor with him since day one and we are being updated on hourly basis.
“We will see and make a decision with the doctors and if he can join.”
Di Matteo added: “It is difficult to give a time limit today and we will have to monitor it on a daily basis.
“But the fact that he is feeling better is very positive and I am optimistic he will recover.”
Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong is predicting good times ahead with the Canaries in the Premier League, after finally breaking his own personal spiral of career lows.