STURRIDGE AND BERTRAND MAKE OLYMPIC CUT
Stuart Pearce has named both Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Bertrand in his 18-man Team GB squad for the London Olympics.
The Chelsea duo will link up with the squad, which includes the likes of Ryan Giggs, Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy, as well as former Chelsea players Scott Sinclair and Jack Cork, later this week ahead of the competition.
They will then face David Luiz's Brazil at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on 20 July in their only pre-tournament warm-up match.
Bermondsey- born Bertrand insisted that the squad have enough quality to make a big impression at the tournament, while also talking of his family's delight at his inclusion.
'We're all athletes, so we have that burning desire day in and day out when we approach our work that we'll need to bring into the tournament,' he said.
'They're really happy, very proud. Being from London and growing up in the city, it's not too far for them to travel either, so I'm sure it will be a fantastic occasion.'
Sturridge made 37 starts for the Blues last season, scoring 13 goals along the way. He was handed his international debut by Fabio Capello during England's 1-0 friendly win against Sweden last November when he came on as a substitute, replacing Arsenal's Theo Walcott.
Bertrand, meanwhile, enjoyed an impressive end to the 2011/12 campaign, filling in for Ashley Cole at left-back on a number of occasions, while also starting the Champions League Final against Bayern Munich in a more advanced role, before being withdrawn midway through the second half after picking up an injury.
Team GB begin their Olympic campaign when they face Senegal at Old Trafford on 26 July, before a clash with United Arab Emirates at Wembley three days later. Their final group game is against Uruguay on 1 August at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
Squad in full:
Jack Butland (Birmingham)
Jason Steele (Middlesbrough)
Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea)
Steven Caulker (Tottenham)
Craig Dawson (West Brom)
Micah Richards (Manchester City)
Neil Taylor (Swansea)
James Tomkins (WestHam)
Joe Allen (Swansea)
Tom Cleverley (Manchester United)
Jack Cork (Southampton)
Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Danny Rose (Tottenham
Scott Sinclair (Swansea)
Marvin Sordell (Bolton)
Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)