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Team GB five years on - The curse of the Olympic team?

General view as Great Britain mens manager Stuart Pearce talks to the sqaud during training

Many of the squad from five years ago have not gone on to have the careers they might have liked.

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This summer it will be five years since the Olympic Games were held in London. One of the big draws of that event, for football fans, was the presence of the Team GB football team.

In the end, only players from England and Wales got the call-up. But how have they got on since?

There has been some success stories, but all in all things have been difficult for all the players who featured for Team GB.

Here is how the 23 players involved have got on...

Jack Butland of Great Britain looks dejectedJack Butland of Great Britain looks dejected

Jack Butland - Birmingham City

The talented goalkeeper eventually left Birmingham City to join Stoke City in 2013. He had to bide his time for first-team football at the Britannia Stadium but after Asmir Begovic joined Chelsea he soon became the starting stopper for the Potters.

However, he suffered a horrific ankle break in March last year which he has only just recovered from.

Jason Steele - Middlesbrough

Despite making a breakthrough at Boro he eventually dropped behind Tomas Mejias and Dimi Konstantopoulos in the pecking order at the Riverside.

He joined Blackburn after an initial loan spell in 2014. He has been a regular at Ewood Park, but at the weekend his side were relegated to League One.

Neil TAYLOR - Great Britain in action against  Moussa KONATE - SenegalNeil TAYLOR - Great Britain in action against Moussa KONATE - Senegal

Neil Taylor - Swansea City

The Welshman suffered a serious ankle break almost immediately after the Olympics and was out of action for six months.

On his return he struggled to displace Ben Davies at left-back and after a gradual dip in form was eventually sold to Aston Villa in January.

Ryan Bertrand - Chelsea

His Team GB call-up came not long after winning the Champions League with Chelsea. He went on to join Southampton in 2014 and has become an England international and one of the best left-backs in the Premier League since, the curse has not impacted him.

Steven Caulker with Team GBSteven Caulker with Team GB

Steven Caulker - Tottenham Hotspur

Coming off the back of an impressive loan spell at Swansea he went on to score on his international debut for England later that year.

That was the highlight of his time since the Olympics.

He was relegated from the Premier League with Cardiff City and then again with QPR. Loan spells at Southampton and Liverpool were a struggle. He has not played since October and a loan move to Lokomotiv Moscow controversially collapsed in February.

He has been making headlines off the pitch, rather than on it, recently and QPR will be desperate to find a buyer for the 25-year-old this summer.

Craig Dawson - West Brom

Another player who has done good after the Olympics. He went on to join Bolton on loan in 2013, in what was a successful move.

He has since gone on to establish himself as a pillar in the West Brom first-team, but has not yet made his mark on the senior international scene.

James Tomkins - West Ham

His career has carried on nicely, despite the odd injury absence.

He did leave boyhood club West Ham however, joining Crystal Palace at the start of the season.


Micah Richards of Great Britain (C) receives medical attention after colliding with South Korea's Sungryong Jung (not pictured)Micah Richards of Great Britain (C) receives medical attention after colliding with South Korea's Sungryong Jung (not pictured)

Micah Richards - Manchester City

One of the three overage players in the team. His career has been on a downward trend ever since.

He began to lose his place in the team at City as new players arrived and injury struck. After a poor loan stint at Fiorentina he was released in 2015. He joined Aston Villa that summer but has seen them relegated to the Championship and is yet again sidelined with a serious knee injury.

Danny Rose - Tottenham Hotspur

Another success story from Team GB.

He went on to have a successful loan spell at Sunderland after the London 2012.

After initially failing to win over sceptics he has thrived as a left-back at Tottenham and is now England’s first-choice in the position.

Tom Cleverley - Team GBTom Cleverley - Team GB

Tom Cleverley - Manchester United

He was supposed to become a future England star and briefly was the darling of Roy Hodgson’s England team.

But he has not played for his country since 2013 and struggled after a permanent move to Everton in 2015. Now on loan at Watford in a deal that is set to become permanent in the summer.

Joe Allen - Swansea City

The Welsh midfielder joined Liverpool after the Olympics but his move to Anfield did not work out in the long-term.

Now a success at Stoke City, the 27-year-old ‘Welsh Pirlo’ has done well for himself since the Olympics.

Ryan Giggs - Manchester United

The veteran Welshman was the captain of the side and his playing career was coming to an end at the time. His coaching career saw him as a part of David Moyes’ unsuccessful backroom and he also worked as assistant to Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

Left his boyhood club after 29 years last summer, after the appointment of Jose Mourinho, as he pursues his own managerial career.

Is currently still awaiting his first manager gig.

Jack Cork - Southampton

Another who has had a steady career since London. He left Southampton for Swansea in 2015 and is now a regular in the Swansea starting XI.

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Aaron Ramsey - Arsenal

The Welsh midfielder has gone on to enjoy a good career since London. He helped Arsenal win the FA Cup twice and is a key player in their midfield.

Has also had to battle injuries but is a kay man for both club and country.

Scott Sinclair - Swansea City

The winger was in fine form with Swansea at the time of the Olympics but his career took a turn after joining Manchester City the same summer.

He was rarely used at the Etihad and an unsuccessful spell at Aston Villa soon followed.

Has however recently got his career back on track with a fine season at Celtic, scoring 25 goals this season.

Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the first goal for Great BritainDaniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the first goal for Great Britain

Daniel Sturridge - Chelsea

He joined Liverpool after failing to get a chance at Chelsea and soon became a goal-machine for the Reds.

But his career has recently hit a series of bumps. Serious injury has impacted his playing time and he is no longer a first-teamer at Liverpool under new manager Jurgen Klopp.

Craig Bellamy - Liverpool

The Welsh international left Liverpool to join boyhood club Cardiff City that summer and spent two seasons with the club, helping them win promotion to the Premier League.

He retired in 2014 because of injury trouble and now works as a pundit for BT Sport.

Marvin Sordell - Bolton Wanderers

The striker’s career did not take off after the Olympics. His Bolton side had just been relegated and he failed to establish himself with the Trotters.

He has since had unsuccessful stints with Burnley, Colchester United and Coventry City.

Currently playing for Championship side Burton Albion.

Great Britain's Marvin Sordell (C) is tackled by Senegal's Abdoulaye Ba (Bottom)Great Britain's Marvin Sordell (C) is tackled by Senegal's Abdoulaye Ba (Bottom)

Manager - Stuart Pearce

The Team GB boss lost his role as England under-21 boss after an awful 2013 under-21 European Championship.

A year later he was appointed Nottingham Forest manager and, after an excellent start, he was sacked in February with the club in 12th and on a terrible run of form.

Now working in the media.

Great Britain manager Stuart PearceGreat Britain manager Stuart Pearce

Some of the players from the Team GB men's football team have gone on to have an excellent five years, with their careers progressing just as they might have liked.

Others have not been as lucky, including the manager, running into difficulties since they competed in the Olympic Games.

Hopefully all can go on to find some sort of success in the future.

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