MARTIN DOWEY’S COLUMN - GB team could be a huge success

Galaxy star David Beckham celebrated a goal in the first half. The Colorado Rapids hosted the Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday night, April 21, 2012, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Karl Gehring)
Galaxy star David Beckham celebrated a goal in the first half. The Colorado Rapids hosted the Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday night, April 21, 2012, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Karl Gehring)

I AM becoming a very interested spectator in how the Team Great Britain situation is developing.

As a one-off every four years I think it is a fantastic idea to have players from each of the home countries competing together at the Olympic Games, and what better place to kick it off but in the London Olympics?

Some managers and players have already hammered the idea because it will take British players away from pre-season training and their extravagant tours around the world.

Sir Alex Ferguson was complaining over the weekend about how many of his British lads could be going astray in July and August.

Ferguson rapped: “It’s absolute chaos. Absolute chaos. It’s not just the pre-season, it’s the start of the season that is affected. It’s ridiculous. There are so many complications attached to this. You also have the European Championships. You have our pre-season tour.”

What about the players from other countries who have already committed? He didn’t even mention his keeper David de Gea or Javier Hernandez, who have signed up to play for their respective countries. Just because they are English, Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish, does that make them special?

Surely playing in a tournament like that against some of the world’s best players will do anybody a power of good.

Four years ago gold medal winners Argentina fielded Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Sergio Aguero, while Brazil had Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato in their squad, so the opposition isn’t all that bad.

It is better than throwing players out in a slow-paced testimonial or a game against some random club side from Hong Kong.

I know that managers have their club at heart deep down, but on a personal note, I’d quite like to see the home nations coming together as one for this tournament.

Watching David Beckham and Ryan Giggs teaming up once again, alongside much younger players from Arsenal, Rangers and Celtic will be interesting viewing.

I’m more likely to watch that than I will be the FA Cup final, whoever is playing in that.

The Olympics as a whole is an exciting prospect and having been to the central hub of London last week, things are starting to gather pace.

The local council workers were busy tarting everything up with a new coat of paint and we managed to take in the Olympic Stadium in Stratford from one of the many passing trains that are being added to the schedule.

I personally won’t be heading to our capital for the Olympics though. The tube stations after our visit for the London marathon were similar to the battle of Helm’s Deep in the Lord of the Rings.

So good luck to anybody that does make that trip, you’ll need more than Gimli’s axe and an ageing wizard. All I wanted was a seat!!!

Our trip to London was to watch my wife Sarah in action in one of the world’s most prestigious runs, and what an event it was.

I have never seen so many people supporting a sporting event and the positive nature of the whole thing was simply breathtaking.

It wasn’t easy traipsing through millions of people along parts of the course with two grumpy lads, though weaving through holiday makers on a warm Scarborough day gave us the skills to get through it.

Our plight was nothing though to those that ran the event, their efforts were truly outstanding.

I would like to congratulate my wife and all the other runners who took part, you definitely deserve more than just a medal and a T-shirt.