Bellamy 'delighted' to be part of Team GB

The Welsh forward insists he is just 'happy to be involved' as Stuart Pearce's squad ready themselves for the upcoming London-based tournament, which kick offs on July 26

Liverpool attacker Craig Bellamy is keen to get started with Team GB, insisting that he will do his utmost to land an Olympic gold medal this summer.

The 32-year-old joins Ryan Giggs and Micah Richards as one of the three allocated slots for over-age players, and is one of five Welsh players to make the final cut - despite protests from the Welsh FA, who were reluctant to allow their players to form part of a Great Britain setup.

And Bellamy claims that he has no wish to become embroiled in the politics surrounding the selection process, and is just focused on playing football.

"I am just happy to be involved in this and to have this opportunity." he told reporters.

"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."

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Much has also been made of David Beckham's omission from Stuart Pearce's squad, but Bellamy believes that fellow countryman Ryan Giggs is more than capable of providing he required experience and skill.

He added: "He [Giggs] is probably one of the best players who has ever played the game,

"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."