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James Tomkins disappointed to lose West Ham spot after 'wasting time' at Olympics

James Tomkins: Says he wasted a lot of time after being selected in Olympic squad

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James Tomkins has admitted the time he spent at the Olympics contributed to him losing his place in the West Ham side.

Tomkins insists it was an honour to be selected by Stuart Pearce for the Team GB squad in the summer, but the experience did not turn out as he would have liked.

He made just a couple of appearances at the Olympics, and has since started just one game for the Hammers this season.

Sam Allardyce has preferred to partner James Collins and Winston Reid together at centre-back, which Tomkins concedes has been a bitter pill to swallow.

"It is always hard of course. I wanted to represent Great Britain and the manager gave me the chance," he said in the Daily Star.

"I went there expecting to play more than I did in the end. Obviously I wasted a lot of time and then Ginge (Collins) and Reidy played a lot together in pre-season.

"It was disappointing for me but I suppose that is what football is like."