Manchester United: Olympic Relief for Sir Alex, Holiday for Rooney

Terry CarrollContributor IIIDecember 16, 2011

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10:  (L-R) Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is congratulated by teammate Danny Welbeck after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on December 10, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The FA have released a statement that no players who go to Euro 2012 will be selected for the British Olympic team.

This will no doubt bring a smile to the faces of the four Manchester United players likely to be involved and their manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Wayne Rooney will now have a maximum of four matches in the summer and another holiday like last year. United's policy is to give their players a break if they have played in a major tournament, so they may join the summer tour later or not feature until the season starts.

The other players likely to be affected include Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. Tom Cleverley may also be involved, depending on his recovery of fitness and form.

Meanwhile, Ryan Giggs may be rejoicing as players from the other Home Nations will all be eligible, such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, who have both indicated a wish to play.

Ryan would surely make a great captain, although David Beckham may miss out again.