Team GB football a Bright Olympic idea for ex-Owl

Wembley way: Mark Bright
Wembley way: Mark Bright
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FORMER Sheffield Wednesday striker Mark Bright is fully behind the Great Britain football team that will participate at the London Olympics.

Despite criticism of the team’s formation, Bright believes the opportunity for both young players and seasoned professionals would be too enticing to turn down.

The 49-year-old also approves of the appointment of Stuart Pearce as the men’s manager.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it, it should be a fantastic tournament. 1.5 million tickets have gone on sale and they have already sold 800,000.

“That’s a lot more tickets than any other sports but it is spread right across the country. It is the Olympics, there shouldn’t be a question about whether football should be in or should not be in. It is in. It is a fact so that is out of the debate. It will have more games and less venues than Euro 96 and the best women in the world will be here too.

“It is a great opportunity for kids and pensioners to go to see games.

“This is probably the last time we will have a Team GB so I urge people to go along and support them.”

Bright was talking at Wembley Stadium on the day the final bulk of tickets for the football event went on sale.

He added: “Wouldn’t it be great to see Ryan Giggs, who has never taken part in a major tournament, be representing Team GB alongside David Beckham?”