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Great Britain men’s soccer team unlikely for 2016 Olympics, says Coe

Daniel Sturridge

Great Britain’s striker Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring during the London 2012 Olympic Games men’s football match between Britain and Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on August 1, 2012. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/GettyImages)

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Seb Coe, the British Olympic Association chairman, said it’s “unlikely” Great Britain will attempt to field a men’s soccer team at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

“It’s just in the ‘hard’ basket,” Coe said, according to Press Association Sport. “Possibly a women’s team, but I would rather assume that, operationally, that’s not going to happen in terms of the men’s team.

“I’m not sure I have the will to live through that process again.”

The British men, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Giggs, lost in the 2012 Olympic quarterfinals to South Korea. It was Great Britain’s first Olympic soccer appearance since 1960 and first time putting together a squad since the 1970s.

Olympic soccer is problematic for Great Britain, given its individual nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland field separate teams in FIFA play.

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