Jack Colback upset at not getting Team GB Olympic call-up

UNHAPPY: Sunderland's Jack Colback
UNHAPPY: Sunderland's Jack Colback

JACK COLBACK admits he feels aggrieved at being snubbed by Team GB in the Olympics.

Sunderland midfielder Colback was not even in the initial 80-man provisional squad for the games despite starting 29 times in the Premier League last season.

Team-mate Fraizer Campbell was the only Sunderland player to have come under consideration by Britain boss Stuart Pearce before the striker was culled for the 18-strong final squad.

And ahead of GB’s quarter-final clash with South Korea tomorrow, Colback believes he should have been involved.

Colback said: “I’m a little bit disappointed I’m not playing it.

“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.”

Colback will feature in tomorrow’s friendly against Swedish champions Helsingborgs IF, as Sunderland face their third pre-season outing.

Sunderland have lost twice so far during their pre-season campaign, but Colback is just concentrating on the gruelling aspect of restoring his match fitness.

“It’s difficult to take a look at how we’re doing off the first few friendly games because we are just getting back into it and the international players only came back on Monday,” added the 22-year-old.

“Now they’re back, the squad’s looking more like it was at the end of the season.

“The more games we play the better we’ll start to look.

“Pre-season’s all about getting fitness and match-sharpness because that’s the big thing you lose when you don’t play for so long.

“I probably dread pre-season a bit to be honest.

“You’re always looking forward to getting back into it after being out for so long, but you don’t look forward to the runs. Playing football again is something you’re always excited about though.”