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We look at 10 footballers worth keeping an eye on at this summer's London Olympics.

The London Olympics are fast approaching and several international talents have been tipped to take the tournament by storm, with viewers sure to have their eye on the likes of Brazilian ace Neymar, Spain's rising star Jordi Alba, Team GB captain Ryan Giggs and Uruguay's controversial frontman Luis Suarez.

But the Games will also give some lesser known stars the opportunity to shine, while clubs will relish the chance to run the rule over their summer transfer targets.

Here Sky Sports counts down 10 players to watch when the Olympics get underway.

Takashi Usami - Japan

Japanese wonderkid Usami will be looking to announce himself on the international stage after impressing at every youth level for which he's appeared. The 20-year-old earned some occasional playing time in the Bundesliga last season on loan at Bayern Munich from Gamba Osaka, making five first-team appearances and scoring a goal for the German giants in the DFB Cup. He also netted six goals in 18 appearances for Bayern's second string and has now secured a season-long loan deal at Hoffenheim for the upcoming season. A versatile forward who can play as an attacking midfielder, winger or striker, Usami's pace, skill and imagination could catch the eye at the Games.

Ellen White - Great Britain

At only 23 years old, White has won 29 caps for England since making her goalscoring international debut against Austria in March 2010. The striker boasts a goal ratio of one in three and netted a memorable half-volley at the 2011 World Cup against eventual champions Japan. A tall and powerful forward, White currently plays for Arsenal Ladies after joining the Londoners from Leeds two years ago. White is a candidate to spearhead Team GB's attack alongside veteran Gunners team-mate Kelly Smith.

Gaston Ramirez - Uruguay

Playmaker Ramirez has made a big impact since joining Bologna two years ago from his native Penarol and will be eager to carry that form into the international arena at the Olympics. The tall, strong 21-year-old enjoyed a prolific campaign with the Rossoblu last season, scoring eight goals and making four assists in Serie A. His exploits are thought to have turned the heads of a host of top European clubs and his suitors will get a closer look at the Games, with the youngster expected to be pulling the strings in Uruguay's midfield. Creative and skilled with an eye for a key pass, Ramirez will provide quality attacking support for the country's dominating frontline of Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani.

Isco - Spain

Reigning European and world champions Spain will be looking to showcase their rising stars at the Games and highly-rated Malaga midfielder Francisco Roman Alarcon Suarez, aka Isco, is among their young talents. The 20-year-old has not disappointed on his debut season at La Rosaleda, with five goals and four assists to his name from 25 Primera Liga appearances. Isco has already attracted comparisons with Spanish heavyweights David Silva and Juan Mata thanks to his creative influence in midfield, while his quick feet, great passing vision and eye for a goal suggest he has the potential to steal the show for La Roja.

Alex Morgan - USA

American's rising star Morgan made her international debut in March 2010 and has wasted little time making her mark. The pacey 23-year-old has racked up 27 goals in 42 appearances for the USA, including two key strikes at last summer's World Cup. Fast and accurate, with a thunderous scoring touch, Morgan has been tipped as a potential breakout star of this summer's Games and could devastate defences when paired up front with experienced forward Abby Wambach.

Jack Butland - Great Britain

Young goalkeeper Butland could kick-start his career with a strong performance on home soil at the Games. After providing back-up to England No.1 Joe Hart at Euro 2012 following an injury to John Ruddy, the 19-year-old Birmingham City custodian's dream summer will continue when he takes the gloves for Great Britain. Butland has limited experience and is yet to make a senior appearance for the Blues, having spent time on loan at League Two Cheltenham Town last season. However, the teenager impressed for the Robins, keeping 11 clean sheets in 24 appearances. An imposing presence between the sticks at six feet four inches, the Bristol-born youngster will be hoping to complete an astonishing few months by making a big impact in front of a home crowd.

Javier Aquino - Mexico

Speedy winger Aquino could ignite Mexico's campaign in one of the weaker groups of the tournament. The 22-year-old currently plies his trade with native side Cruz Azul and has been tearing up the flanks for the Mexican club since he joined two years ago. Aquino may not be a prolific scorer, having netted a solitary goal for his club last season, but the youngster has proven himself a dab hand at playing creator, making seven assists in 15 encounters - only four of which he started. Lightning quick and adept at firing in crucial crosses, Aquino could prove one of the most exciting young players to watch at the Games.

Lucas Moura - Brazil

Pre-tournament favourites Brazil have a raft of up-and-coming youngsters in their ranks, with Neymar and Hulk expected to be vying for the headlines when the Games get underway. Also in their armoury the Selecao boast teenage attacking midfielder Lucas, who is already on the radar of several top European clubs. Regarded as one of world football's hottest properties, the 19-year-old burst onto the scene in 2010 with Sao Paulo, with his performances earning him a senior international debut in March last year. Lucas, already capped 15 times for Brazil, has won rave reviews with both club and country thanks to his creative play and explosive speed. The teenager is also extremely versatile and also plays on the wing when called upon.

Admir Mehmedi - Switzerland

A strong, physical striker, Mehmedi announced himself on the international scene for Switzerland at the European Under 21 Championship last year, netting three goals to finish the tournament as second-top scorer. The 21-year-old came through the youth ranks with FC Zurich and after breaking into the first team went on to notch up 38 goals in 138 appearances before his form earned him a move to Dynamo Kiev in January. Mehmedi has proved he can create moments of magic in front of goal and has a powerful shot in his locker. Capped only a handful of times at senior international level with a goal to his name, Mehmedi will be looking to make a mark for his country at the Games.

Marwan Mohsen - Egypt

After being linked with a move to Europe, Petroiet FC striker Mohsen will be hoping to raise his profile on the international stage at the Olympics. The frontman made a huge impact for his country at Under 23 level, scoring an impressive 20 goals in 32 appearances, before graduating to the senior team. His introduction there was no less remarkable, with the 23-year-old scoring three goals in first two caps, with both coming during qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations. The talented striker boasts a solid finishing ability and is likely to cut a talismanic figure for Egypt.

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