By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Arsenal stars Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs are expected to be named in Great Britain’s Olympic football squad, Goal.com understands.
Club colleague Henri Lansbury is also a surprise contender to be one of the 15 players aged 23 or under selected by manager Stuart Pearce.
David Beckham revealed on Thursday morning that he will not be part of the summer event after being overlooked for the three over-age places in the 18-man squad.
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One of those places will go to Micah Richards, who withdrew from Euro 2012 contention after only making the stand-by list of Roy Hodgson's England squad travelling to Ukraine and Poland this summer.
The Manchester City defender, though, is desperate to prove himself at this summer's showpiece, with a source telling Goal.com: "Micah's delighted to be included.
"He was gutted not to be in the squad for the Euros, especially having been nominated as Manchester City's player of the season, and he can't wait to represent his country at the London Olympics.
"It's a unique opportunity for all of the players and Micah hopes to do Great Britain proud."
Pearce's final two over-age spots will go to Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy.
The full Team GB squad is set to be revealed by the Football Association early next week, with Monday provisionally earmarked for the announcement.
Although the FA did not reveal who was on Pearce’s 35-man shortlist that was submitted on June 9, the players and the clubs were informed so they could plan ahead for the new season.
The first tranche of Arsenal players, to include Thomas Vermaelen, Abou Diaby and Andre Santos, will report back for pre-season training on July 9.
However, the club’s London Colney training ground could be quite sparse, given the staggered arrivals of players who competed at Euro 2012 and those involved in the forthcoming Olympics.
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Meanwhile, Goal.com has learned that Ryo Miyaichi will be named in the Japan Olympic squad, Chu-Young Park, 26, has been included as an over-age player for South Korea and Johan Djourou, 25, is in line for a Switzerland call-up.
Sixteen nations will feature in the men’s football event, including Brazil, Mexico and Spain.
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