James Tomkins has moved a step closer to becoming an Olympian after being named in Team GB's provisional 35-man squad for London 2012.

The West Ham United defender, 23, has enjoyed a fantastic year so far, helping the Hammers to gain promotion to the Barclays Premier League and being voted into the PFA Championship Team of the Year by his fellow professionals.

Tomkins was also voted Hammer of the Year runner-up after a 2011/12 season that saw him make 45 appearances and score four goals for the club he joined at the age of seven.

The Basildon-born centre-back will now wait to learn if he has been included in Stuart Pearce's final 18-man squad for the Olympic football tournament, which will be announced during the first week of July.

The No5 is excited about the prospect of representing Team GB, saying: "I would be very proud to represent Great Britain in the Olympics, as I am sure the other lads would be as well. It would be a great honour. I have always been really proud to represent my country (England) before and this would be another proud moment for me.

"At the moment, all we know is that we could be selected but there is process to go through first so we don't know if we would be chosen, but to be in the hat is a great thing.

"With the Olympics also being in London, it gives it an extra attraction - as everyone knows, it is right on our doorstep and I am sure our fans are excited about the Olympics being here as well, it should be an exciting time for London. Being a London club, it is right in our community and that can only be a good thing."

Tomkins has already been selected for two major competitions by Pearce, having appeared for England at the 2009 and 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals. Prior to that, he also represented England at the 2005 UEFA European Under-17 Championship and 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

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In the group stage at London 2012, Team GB will take on Senegal at Old Trafford on 26 July, United Arab Emirates at Wembley on 29 July and Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium on 1 August.

Sixteen nations are taking part in the Olympic tournament, with the final to be played at Wembley on Saturday 11 August - a week before the start of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season.

Should he be selected, Tomkins could be one of two West Ham players taking part at London 2012. Winston Reid could be included by New Zealand should he recover from the groin injury that has ruled him out of the OFC Nations Cup tournament currently taking place in the Solomon Islands.

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