MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - JULY 20: Marvin Sordell of GB looks on during the international friendly match between Team GB and Brazil at Riverside Stadium on July 20, 2012 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Marvin Sordell was a surprise inclusion in Stuart Pearce's Team Great Britain to say the least. Many didn't even expect him to get any significant minutes during Team GB's Olympics Run. Yet, here we are after the first day of men's football and the young Bolton Wanderers striker now has 45 minutes of competitive Olympics play under his belt. Better yet, Sordell's number of appearances list currently reads like this:
Bolton Wanderers - three substitute appearances
Great Britain - two substitute appearances
Sordell came on at the half for Chelsea (and former Bolton loanee) Daniel Sturridge who clearly was not feeling well as the game went on. Just a few weeks ago, Studge had been battling viral meningitis and was a doubt for Team GB.
Marvin was getting involved early on in his shift, getting on the end of a great pass from Aaron Ramsey. Sordell was just offside, however, and the goalkeeper did well to get off his line and break up the move. BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson went so far to describe Marvin as " very much the lone striker. Lone being the operative word. There's nobody within 30 or 40 yards of him," midway through the second half.
Sordell almost produced an excellent moment of magic just five minutes from full time and shortly after the Senegal equalizer. Sent in on goal once again by Aaron Ramsey, Sordell hit the crossbar and was just inches away from a GB winner.
We sincerely hope that Marvin gets more chances to shine in the Great Britain setup and proves just what a player he can be for Bolton Wanderers this season.