FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke has called on the “Home” Nations to allow their players to take part in the London Olympics this summer: “Let the players play if they want to play,” he told BBC Sport.
The Football Associations of Scotland (SFA), Wales (FAW) and Northern Ireland (IFA) are against plans to participate in a Great Britain Olympic Football team due to fears it would compromise independence.
“You can always understand [their concerns] but you still hope that… we should forget about these problems when you’re talking about an event like the Olympic Games,” Valcke stated. Valcke said that a Great Britain team should comprise players from all four nations.
“There’s a team and this team should be composed by the four British associations,” he added.
“We finalised an agreement between the four British associations and FIFA. It took a long time – there was a lot of exchange of letters and things said, and a lot of words used in this period. Now it’s up to the coach and the FA to finalise the composition of this team. But it should be a representation of a country.”