2015 Island Games: Guernsey select men's football squad

Guernsey's island team manager Steve Sharman has named his men's football squad for the 2015 Island Games.

All the squad have played for Guernsey FC in the Isthmian League this season apart from Scott Bougourd, who plays for North in the Priaulx League.

Guernsey are the most successful team in the event since the turn of the millennium, making four finals.

They are alongside Gibraltar, Gotland and Ynys Mon for the event that starts on 28 June.

"I've put a group of 20 players together to win a gold medal in Jersey," manager Steve Sharman told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"I'm not going to get everyone to agree with the selection. But the majority of my time I want to concentrate on football, so you have to take good tourists away and people who are self-motivated and understand their roles and responsibilities.

"The most important player may only be the one who plays one game but is motivated and doesn't sulk because they're not in the first team."

Guernsey's footballers at the Island Games
2013: Did not enter2011: Silver - lost 4-2 to Isle of Wight in final
2009: Bronze - beat Isle of Man 5-0 in third place play-off after losing 2-0 to Jersey in the semi-finals2007: Did not enter
2005: Silver - lost 2-0 to Shetland in final2003: Gold - Beat Isle of Man 3-1 in final
2001: Gold - beat Ynys Mon 3-1 on pens in final after a 0-0 draw1999: Bottom of group having drawn both games
1997: Fourth - lost to 3-1 to Isle of Wight in bronze medal match1995: Finished third in their group, losing 1-0 to Jersey
1993: Did not enter1991: Finished third in their group

Guernsey FC captain Sam Cochrane will captain the side, with goalkeeper Chris Tardif the vice-captain, and 15 of the squad were part of the Guernsey side which made the 2011 final - only Jakub Machlowski, Tom de la Mare, Liam Mahon, Craig Young and Marc McGrath did not play in the Isle of Wight.

"We have a fantastic group of players and although people have us as favourites, that means nothing, we have to win our games," added Sharman.

But he also says Gibraltar will not be as formidable opponents in the group as some people might think.

"It won't be the same team that played against Scotland," he said.

"It'll be a development group that comes over to the Island Games, but they'll be highly motivated as their aspiration is to get into that Uefa group."

Guernsey squad for 2015 Island Games:

Chris Tardiff, Jakub Machlowski, Jacques Isabelle, Tom Strawbridge, Sam Cochrane, Jamie Dodd, Alex Le Prevost, Tom De La Mare, Simon Geall, Angus Mackay, Liam Mahon, Kieran Mahon, Scott Bougourd, Matt Loaring, Glyn Dyer, Craig Young, Ross Allen, Dominic Heaume, Marc McGrath, Ryan Zico Black.

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