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Bertrand is building for the future

EAGER: Defender Ryan Bertrand is full of ambition

CHELSEA YOUNGSTER Ryan Bertrand sees Team GB as a stepping stone to the English national team.

The 22-year-old understands that teammate Ashley Cole is first choice left-back for club and country; but he also knows Roberto Di Matteo has confidence in him, after the Italian started him in the Champions League final.

He said: “My ambition first and foremost is to try and get a few games for Chelsea. But this is another step in my international career. If I get games for Chelsea, hopefully I will get a chance with England.”

Unlike some, he was never going to turn down the chance of playing for Stuart Pearce at London 2012.

"This was a massive opportunity. It would have been crazy for anyone to turn down the chance of being involved in the Olympics with Great Britain."

Like a lot of the GB squad, Bertrand was disappointed with the tackles in their 1-1 draw with Senegal; and the lack of action from referee, Ravshan Irmatov.

"Some of the decisions were blatant, 60 or 70,000 people saw the same thing, I don't know how two or three missed it.

"There were some horrific challenges. I was fearing for my safety at some points. I have cuts on my shoulder.

"I am sure Bellers [Craig Bellamy] is down. A few others were lucky. It was lucky Tayls [Neil Taylor] jumped for one tackle. If he hadn't he could have been really hurt."

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