Doncaster Rovers Belles star set for media role

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DONCASTER Rovers Belles are not expected to be represented in the Team Great Britain women’s football team to contest next month’s Olympic Games when the 18-strong squad is named today.

But veteran midfielder Sue Smith will be working as part of the BBC commentary team alongside former England team-mate Faye White, who is pregnant.

Smith, who boasts 93 England caps, and who has twice been voted International Footballer of the Year, was named in the original ‘long’ list.

But a cruciate knee ligament injury - which ruled her out for the season - on her Belles debut, put paid to her chances of selection.

Smith, who joined the Belles from Lincoln Ladies during the winter, doesn’t expect any real surprises when the squad is announced.

“The bulk of the squad will consist of England players. plus possibly two or three others, because the team have been doing well recently,” she told The Star.

“I think Scottish central midfielder Karen Little has got a chance, and Jess Fishlock, another midfielder from Wales, could also make the squad. She’s been doing well this season. It will be a great honour whoever is picked because this could be the first and last time a GB team competes because not all the home nations are in favour.

“That is what makes missing out on the chance of playing in the Olympics so hard to take.”

The host nation take on New Zealand in the first of their three group games at the Millennium Stadium on July 25 - two days before the official opening of the Olympics.

Hope Powell’s side are back in action in Cardiff the following Tuesday against Cameroon before playing Brazil at Wembley on July 31.

The top two in each of the three groups qualify for the last eight along with the two best third-placed teams.