Bannan eyes Olympics

Villa midfielder has not spoken to anyone from the SFA

Barry Bannan: Aston Villa midfielder wants to play for Team GB at the Olympic Games

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Barry Bannan says no-one from the Scottish Football Association has spoken to him about his desire to play for Team GB at the Olympics.

The Aston Villa midfielder revealed last week that he is keen to be part of the 2012 Games if he is selected in coach Stuart Pearce's final squad for the tournament.

However, the Scottish Football Association does not want any involvement with the football team at the Olympics and this has led to concerns about a possible issue with Bannan.

The 22-year-old spent last week with the Scotland squad for the friendly with the United States and was surprised no-one from the SFA discussed his recent comments with him.

"I didn't speak to Craig Levein about it and it's not like anyone told me to be careful," said Bannan in the Daily Record.

"I spoke about this in an interview I did last week.

"I thought someone might have said something in Florida but nobody did. That says to me that if I do get picked then I might as well go for it.

"If you're going there to play with the likes of David Beckham and Gareth Bale it's a learning curve."