Jack Colback isn't one to particularly speak his mind too often in public, but the quiet midfielder has been quite vocal about his lack of a call up to the Team GB Olympic Squad.
Team GB tackle South Korea tomorrow, and had the consistent midfielder been called up, he could have been lining up against fellow Sunderland teammate, Ji Dong-Won. Speaking to the Hartlepool Mail, Colback said of the snub;
I probably felt I'd done enough last season to be considered, but it's one of those things. I'm not sure if I was in any of the provisional squads. I've not been told so probably not.
There's a lot of players who were left out that are probably thinking the same, but it's given me a chance to focus on doing well for Sunderland and being around the squad.
To go with Colback's point about not being on the original standby list, which was whittled down from over 100 players this summer, it would have appeared he wasn't ever on the radar, with Fraizer Campbell the only Sunderland representative on there, who also missed out on the games.
It's something we speculated on our podcast that this summers tournament was perfect for the likes of Colback, who has consistently produced and held his own in the Premier League. Colback being too old for the England U21 set-up, and probably just too inexperienced for the full senior side. Instead Team GB manager Stuart Pearce chose to stick with who he knew best, including players such as Jack Cork where Colback could have played with ease.
A cynics point of view would be that this would never have been an issue had Team GB bombed out in the first round, as they threatened to do so at some points.
Colback shouldn't get too downhearted though, his chance will come. If he keeps up the performances of last season, international recognition will surely be on the horizon as one of our best kept secrets slowly creeps out the bag.