JACK RODWELL would be ‘proud’ to go for gold in a best of British line up at the Olympic Games.
But Everton legend Neville Southall insists he would only fly the flag for Wales.
The Great Britain football team debate has sparked controversy this week with the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish FAs fiercely opposed to the idea.
Everton’s England under-21 international midfielder Rodwell (left), who would be eligible for selection next summer, has no qualms.
“I would definitely like to be involved,” he declared. “You always want to test yourself at a high level and I would be proud to represent Great Britain.
“It is effectively a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in something like that and the chance to win an Olympic medal would be amazing.”
But Southall, who won a record 92 caps for Wales, said: “I don't see the point.
“You will just lose the identity of all the teams. The whole point of going to the Olympics is that special moment when your flag goes up.
“What flag are they going to put up if they win it? The Union Jack? It's not my flag. My flag's a dragon.”
Southall also believes that Premier League bosses will be reluctant to release players for a competition staged on the eve of the 2012/13 season.
The transfer of Kieran Agard from Everton to Yeovil, meanwhile, is being hailed as football’s first ‘twansfer’ after Glovers’ boss Terry Skiverton thanked his Twitter followers for helping set up the deal.
Striker Agard joined the Glovers on Wednesday on a one-year deal following his release from the Blues.
Skiverton approached fans on the social networking site and asked them to send him suggestions for possible targets.
“A few people are calling it the first ‘twansfer’ ” he joked.
“I'll be retweeting the ones that came up with the name Kieran Agard. There's a couple of people who had mentioned him, so they'll be taking the credit.”
Skiverton added: “The help from the supporters has been magnificent.
“What I didn't realise was other supporters from other clubs had jumped on the bandwagon. I've had supporters from Liverpool, Man Utd, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Championship clubs like Cardiff, all telling me about their best youngsters and players available.
“The supporters sometimes feel left behind but in this case they've been asked for their opinion.
“I'm trying to do it a different way by giving them a bit of interest and it's been excellent.