Veteran hero ready to pull on the national jersey once again.
Former captain Ryan Giggs says he would consider a Wales return if asked by national manager John Toshack.
“It’s something I would have to talk about with John Toshack and [Manchester United manager] Sir Alex Ferguson,” said the veteran United midfielder, 36.
“But at this stage I wouldn’t dismiss the idea. If I had the call I would have to think hard about it. I wouldn’t rule it out,” he told the Western Mail.
The injury to Wales’ Aaron Ramsey is cited as a reason for Giggs’ rethink.
Giggs has hailed Arsenal’s teenage sensation Ramsey as a “future Wales captain”.
But the horrific injury suffered by the 19-year-old against Stoke – fractures to his tibia and fibula in his right leg which required surgery – means he could be out until the new year, missing Wales’ first three Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Giggs could fill that creative gap in the Wales midfield, and his possible return was immediately welcomed by Ashley Williams, who recently skippered his country, and former Wales striker Ian Walsh.
The Manchester United star quit Wales in 2007 after winning 64 caps – scoring 12 times – in a 16-year Wales career.
He retired to extend his club career and the Welsh footballing great is now Manchester United’s all-time appearance record holder with 829 games for the Old Trafford club.
It is maybe what the squad needs
Wales defender Ashley Williams on Giggs
He is the current PFA Footballer of the Year and BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Giggs is one of a host of experienced players to have retired since Toshack replaced Mark Hughes as Wales manager in 2004.
But now he could return to the international scene for the European qualifiers.
Swansea defender Williams, who is one of 11 players to captain Wales in Toshack’s reign, believes a Giggs return would be a timely boost to the youngsters in the team.
“It is maybe what the squad needs,” Williams told BBC Sport.
“Everyone knows Ryan Giggs is an absolute legend for Wales and Manchester United.
“He is still an amazing player and one of the best of the Premier League so if he was to return, he would give the boys a massive boost.
Let’s just hope that [Toshack] accepts [Giggs’ potential offer of a return] and there is no big hoo-ha over it
Former Wales striker Ian Walsh
“And it would obviously help if he comes back to play for us.” (BBC Sport)
Ryan Giggs is clearly the best Welsh footballer of his generation and perhaps one of the three best players to have ever represented the country and the news that he would consider a return to the International scene will surely be greeted with jubilant cheers.
Obviously there have been a few run ins over the years, most notably whenever Ryan suffered a short term injury just before a friendly encounter, but there is no doubt that on occasion Giggs has performed marvels for the nation and the qualifying draw for Euro 2012 has not been too unkind for Wales with England being their main threat but with decidedly average teams Switzerland, Bulgaria and Montenegro making up group G the Welsh could feel that they would have an outside shot of making it to Ukraine and Poland and the inclusion of the Manchester United veteran can only help their cause.