Steele wants Olympic gold

03 July 2012 / 12:16

Middlesbrough keeper Jason Steele has set his sights on returning to his club for the start of the new season with an Olympic gold medal.

The 21-year-old has been named in Stuart Pearce's 18-man Great Britain squad for the football tournament at London 2012, and has no intention of going along simply for the experience.

"I think you've got to go into it aiming for the gold medal," Steele told Boro's official website

"The talent screams out at you when you look down the list of names. Hopefully we can live up to expectations and get gold.

"I remember the huge advantage we gained from playing in front of our own fans during Euro '96, and I'm sure with the nation behind us, it could be a fantastic tournament for us.

"I'm absolutely buzzing. I've said from early on that it would be very special to represent Team GB, and now I can't wait to get going and be involved."

Steele will compete with 19-year-old Birmingham keeper Jack Butland, who was part of Roy Hodgson's England squad at the Euro 2012, for a place in the starting line-up. He knows he faces a fight to get the nod, but it desperate for a chance to win a medal.

He said: "It's something that I would cherish for the rest of life. I would tell the kids and the grandkids about it.

"Just being in the squad is special, but I would obviously love to play. It's frightening to think that in a few weeks' time, I could have an Olympic gold medal!

"It hasn't really sunk in yet what it is that I'm about to embark on."