Gareth Southgate is urging Team Great Britain's players to treat the Olympic football tournament as a major step in their careers.
However Southgate, the
He said: "Our guys face a disadvantage compared to a lot of the others sides as they will have been together a lot longer.
"Stuart has just got his players together, while teams like
"There's a lot of ability in the squad. It's a shame to lose the likes of
"The unknown is some of the other countries, though. They all take their junior international teams very seriously.
"I remember the Australian boys I played with at
"Because we have never been in it over here, I don't think we have realised the importance of the Olympic tournament."
However, so too will
Asked about Neymar in particular, Southgate said: "He's special. I saw him play against Scotland at the Emirates when he scored the two goals and I've seen some brilliant goals he's scored back in
"In years to come, we could be saying that we remember when he came across to
"There's speculation about him joining Barcelona, but Brazilian football is very strong on and off the pitch at present so a lot of their top players are staying there or going back there after playing abroad.
"I think it grates with
"You only have to see the strength of their squad to know how much this means to them, with players like Neymar, Sandro, Lucas and Oscar all involved.
"Then, when you see the over-age players they have included (Hulk,
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