By MARTIN BLACKBURN
ALEX FERGUSON blew his top after learning Wayne Rooney is in line for a shock call-up for Team GB at this summer’s Olympics.
Furious Fergie revealed star striker Roo is one of TEN Manchester United stars in Stuart Pearce’s provisional 80-man squad for London 2012.
The Old Trafford boss blasted: “It’s a joke. This is serious because it’s the start of the season and there are so many complications. It’s ridiculous.”
FA chiefs had indicated that players taking part at Euro 2012 would NOT be picked for the Olympics.
But United were told that 10 of their players are on standby for a spot in Pearce’s final 18-man squad, including Rooney and Ryan Giggs.
Fergie is livid as it threatens to throw his plans for next season into disarray.
Rooney, 26, may not be selected for Euro 2012 because he will be suspended for England’s first two games in the tournament.
And even if he does go, he may not play in the Three Lions’ third game if they lose the first two.
In either case he would be fresh for the Olympic tournament, which kicks off on July 25 — less than a month before the new Premier League season starts.
Pearce has trimmed his early list of 191 back to 80 with Rooney and Giggs — along with former United hero David Beckham — in contention for three ‘over-23’ berths.
His final squad for the Games will be confirmed next month.