By Chris Harris

Aaron Ramsey has described his Olympic call-up as a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity - and he's confident of winning a medal with Great Britain.

The Arsenal midfielder has been named in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad for the football tournament and will join up with his team-mates at the weekend to begin his preparations for the London Games.

Team GB kick off their campaign against Senegal on July 26 and also face the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay in the group stage. Brazil and Spain are the pre-tournament favourites but Ramsey believes Pearce's team can do well - and he can't wait to get started.

"I'm delighted to be a part of it," he told "Playing in the Olympics will be a great experience and I am looking forward to it so much. It's fair to say that this could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"I haven't played under Stuart Pearce before so that is something to look forward to as well. And looking at the squad of players we have I think we have a lot of quality in there. Now we need to work together over the next few weeks and get an understanding of each other. If we do that then I'm sure we can do well, especially with home advantage."

Ramsey is one of five Welshmen in the Great Britain squad with 13 English players completing the picture. Understandably, one name in particular stands out for the Arsenal man.

"It will be a good experience and a different experience to play in the Olympics, being part of a British team and playing alongside some of the English players too," said Ramsey.

"And of course Ryan Giggs will be there too. He retired from international football before I got into the Wales team and he's an absolute icon in Welsh football. He's done it all and most players would like to play alongside him so hopefully I'll get my chance.

"I can certainly learn from him while I'm with the Great Britain squad."

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source
2 Jul 2012