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I want to manage Wales - Giggs

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Ryan Giggs has revealed his ambition to manage Wales when he brings an end to his glittering playing career.

The veteran Manchester United winger, who will turn 36 later this month, is the most decorated player in the history of English domestic football, but never reached a major international tournament with Wales and would like to rectify that as coach.

"I think if you've played for your country and want to go into coaching or management, that has got to be the ultimate job to do," Giggs told The Independent on Sunday. "The build-up (to a major tournament) gets you excited as a fan; I can only imagine what it's like as a player and I'll never experience that."

Wales have not qualified for a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup and Giggs, who retired from international football in 2007 with 64 caps to his name, believes that drought must end if football is to attract young players away from rugby.

"We should be making sure long-term that Wales get to a major championship," he added.

"That would have a massive effect on kids coming through. If they're torn whether to choose rugby or football, which is a big issue in Wales, and they watch a European Championship or World Cup with their national team in, they might just concentrate on football."

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