Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington would be happy for his players to make themselves available for a British team at the 2012 Olympics, despite the opposition of the Irish Football Association to the side.
The British Olympic Association released a statement saying players from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would be eligible to represent Team GB at the Games, only for the IFA to join with their Scottish and Welsh counterparts in registering their condemnation of such plans.
Former Sheffield Wednesday man Worthington, though, appreciates the lure of the Olympics and believes any player who opted to go forward for selection should not be tainted by that decision. “Whatever their view it should have no impact on their international careers” he said.
“I can understand players wanting to play in an Olympics and they should not be criticised for that.
“But at the same time I also understand the position taken by the IFA.
“As an international manager I would have no problem with players wanting to be involved.”