Smalling puts United first
Chris Smalling says he would play in Euro 2012 and the Olympics but is focusing on Man Utd.
By Matthew Skinns
Last Updated: 04/11/11 5:05pm
Chris Smalling has revealed a willingness to play in both Euro 2012 and the Olympic Games should the opportunity arise, but insists Manchester United are his primary focus.
The European Championship begin in Warsaw on 8th June, ending in Kiev on 1st July, while the London Olympic tournament starts just 24 days later, running until 12th August, merely a week before the Premier League season commences.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson last week criticised the notion of players participating in both summer competitions along with his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger.
At 21, Smalling would be eligible for Stuart Pearce's Olympic squad but has recently broken into Fabio Capello's England side following impressive club performances since his £10million move to United.
The FA has yet to make a firm decision on whether any players will be selected for Euro 2012 and the Olympics, but the likelihood is players will be chosen for one or the other.
Defender Smalling would simply relish the opportunity to feature in either tournament but admitted his club currently takes priority.
"I have to say that England is not my first target at the moment and neither are the Olympics," Smalling told the Manchester Evening News.
"United is what I am thinking about.
"But towards the end of the season I will be looking towards that and hopefully I might get into the England squad. Obviously I'd love to go there.
"There is also the Olympics as well. A lot of the lads who went to the Under-21 Championships last summer will be able to play in it.
"Whether it's the Euros, the Olympics, or both - you would like to be involved because these opportunities do not come around too often."