SPORT TALK: Trio wrong to snub Team GB, place your bets on Tigers

Big chance: Wales ace Gareth Bale wants to play at the Olympics. Photo by SEAN DEMPSEY
Big chance: Wales ace Gareth Bale wants to play at the Olympics. Photo by SEAN DEMPSEY

IN case you’ve been living in a hole for the past few days, you’ll have heard that it’s exactly a year until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Everything looks to be on track, barring the identity of the football team, that is.

It seems the authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland don’t want any part of Team GB, fearing it’ll tarnish their reputations as an individual nation.

Ignoring the fact that only Gareth Bale and Charlie Adam would be anywhere near the squad if we picked it today, it’s a ridiculous stance. None of the nations have come close to qualifying for a major international tournament since 1998 – and if we’re all honest, won’t do again for some time.

Surely it would be the trio that would benefit most from having their players represented in the games – with Bale already stating that’d he relish the prospect of playing.

Winning a gold medal would appeal to pretty much every professional player out there too.

But if the other home nations want out, I’m sure England will roll out a decent side, captained by David Beckham no doubt.

Let’s hope penalty shoot-outs are off the agenda...

•HOLBEACH United have been ranked as 150-1 outsiders for the United Counties League Premier Division title, according to a popular internet forum.

I’m not really a betting man, but I’d love a piece of that as an each-way bet.

Whoever created these odds clearly has no real knowledge of the league, with only Sleaford Two (200-1) and Desborough Town (250-1) given longer odds.

King’s Lynn Town (2-9) and Spalding United (7-2) are rightly installed as early favourites, but Holbeach must be considered dark horses after an impressive summer of signings.

•ENGLAND’s test series with India is shaping up to be a real classic.

The opener at Lord’s was one for the ages, but I’m not having this notion that it was marred by the lack of a Sachin Tendulkar ton.

The little master is probably my favourite batsman of all time, but there’s no room for sentiment – England got the job done.

Andrew Strauss’ men are developing a real ruthless streak and becoming the number one test team in the world would eclipse the two Ashes series wins.