England manager Sam Allardyce has backed the idea of Team GB having a football team in future Olympics.
Britain entered the men’s and women’s event in London 2012 for the first time since the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, with neither side finishing with a medal.
Team GB was unable to enter either men’s or women’s teams at Rio 2016 but new England boss Allardyce believes that should change in future.
When asked if he regrets Britain’s absence from football competition at the 2016 Olympics, he replied: “I do personally yes.
“I think it’s a fantastic venue, once every four years and to turn it down is a great shame,” Allardyce told the BBC. “When you see the delight on Justin Rose’s face when he won the gold medal in golf it shows what it all means.
“It’s something we may look at in the future and try to compete in.”
Stuart Pearce coached the men’s team in London 2012 which reached the quarter-finals before losing to South Korea on penalties.
The English Football Association had lobbied to send teams to Rio but was unable to secure the support of the other nations, who fear such a move could impact upon their independent status within FIFA.
Brazil’s team won the gold medal on Saturday night after beating Germany on penalties with Neymar scoring the winning spot kick.
In the women’s event, Germany won gold after beating Sweden 2-1 at the Maracana Stadium.