Olympics spot for McCarthy

Keeper makes cut as Pearce trims Olympic squad to 35

Alex McCarthy: Has been included in Pearce's provisional 35-man squad

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Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been included in Stuart Pearce's provisional 35-man Great Britain squad for this summer's Olympics, the club has confirmed.

Team GB football head coach Pearce has further cut down his shortlist from 80 to 35 and McCarthy was selected in the revised quota, which was submitted on Friday.

The 22-year-old shot-stopper will now hope to make the final squad selection on July 6th, when 35 becomes 18, with a further four players on standby.

McCarthy, a former England Under-21 international under Pearce, made just one League Cup appearance for Reading this season behind the Royals' first-choice keeper Adam Federici but did enjoy loan spells at Leeds and Ipswich.

The complete 35-man line-up is yet to be formally announced but the likes of David Beckham, Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs have been touted as firm contenders to fill the overage slots.

Great Britain start their London 2012 campaign against Senegal before games against United Arab Emirates and Uruguay in Group A.

Middlesbrough confirmed earlier on Tuesday their goalkeeper, Jason Steele, had also made the latest cut.