Welshman Neil Taylor makes provisional Team GB squad

With the final 18 names set to be announced on July 6, the full-back is delighted to have made the final draft ahead of the summer tournament in London, along with David Beckham

Swansea City defender Neil Taylor has revealed that he has made the provisional 35-man Team GB squad for the Olympic Games.

Head coach Stuart Pearce is expected to announce the final 18-man squad on July 6.

The 23-year-old will has been joined by countryman and Swansea City team-mate Joe Allen, as well as fellow Welshmen Gareth Bale and Craig Bellamy.

"I am delighted to have made the cut and it's a great opportunity and we just have to wait for the final squad to see who he [Pearce] takes," Taylor told the BBC.

"Technically, you are going to be an Olympian and that is something a lot of athletes work towards all their lives."

Ryan Giggs and Aaron Ramsey have also been widely rumoured to be selected for Pearce's side, as well as David Beckham.

But although Team GB are situated in what looks like a tough group with Uruguay, Senegal and United Arab of Emirates, Taylor believes the side, whomever it may include, will possess enough talent to succeed.

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"I think it will be a strong team," said the former Manchester City youth player.

"We have a country full of good young players but it is the Olympics and you expect the teams to be good."

Selection for the squad this summer hasn't been without controversy, however, as the Football Association of Wales (FAW) along with Scottish and Northern Irish associations have directly opposed Team GB.

Furthermore, Taylor concedes that the players have been put in an awkward position.

"I think Fifa have put players and coaches in a bad position in Britain," said the Welsh defender.

"Because the countries don't want it but the individual players want to play in the Olympics. It is a tough one."