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Villa boss Alex McLeish recently said he would not stand in the way of any players called up for the Olympics even though it would impact on his pre-season plans.
He said: "I know everyone is worried about the dates of the Olympics and players being taken out of your squad for the build-up to the new season.
Darren Bent is one of three over-age Aston Villa players on Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce's provisional list of players for the Olympics.
Another Scotland international in midfielder Barry Bannan,Mike Wallace Steelers Jersey, along with England Under-21 striker Nathan Delfouneso, midfielder Gary Gardner and left-back Nathan Baker, have also received letters from Pearce,Ahmad Bradshaw Youth Jersey.Bent: Being considered for Team GB Related articles Senegal late show denies GB Blatter plays down future GB teams Pearce: Brazil set the standard
Pearce has to select an 18-strong squad consisting 15 under-23 players and three over-age players.
"But how can you deny players that opportunity?"
Bent, 28, would only come in for possible selection if he was overlooked by the new England manager for the Euro 2012 finals.
It is understood that England striker Bent, Scotland full-back Alan Hutton and Wales central defender James Collins have all been sent letters notifying them they are under consideration by Pearce,Rob Gronkowski Patriots Jersey.
But Collins,A.J. Hawk Jersey, 28,Jonathan Stewart Jersey, and Hutton, 27,LeSean McCoy Jersey, do not have such a demanding schedule, with their countries having failed to qualify for the competition in Poland and Ukraine.