Ryan Giggs has revealed he is excited at the prospect of representing Team GB in his first major international tournament at the Olympics this summer.
The Welshman has never had the opportunity to play in either the World Cup or the European Champions with his country but stands in line to named as one of Team GB coach Stuart Pearce’s over-23 players in his 18-man squad.
Manchester United confirmed last week that no over-23 player aside from Giggs would be released in order to take part in the Olympics in London, and the 38-year-old says he is looking forward to playing in the tournament should he be selected.
"I'm on the shortlist and if I get picked it would be fantastic, I think everyone is excited about the Olympics coming to London and coming to Britain but obviously I'd have to wait and see if I get picked or not,” he said.
"It is obviously a tournament and I have never been involved (in any). It will be exciting, I've never experienced it so hopefully it will happen but we will wait and see."
While Giggs is on course to play in the Olympics, one man who won’t be representing Team GB is Paul Scholes.
The 37-year-old returned from retirement in January to help take United to the brink of their 20th league title, before rivals Manchester City snatched it from their grasp with two goals in the final minutes of their game against QPR on Sunday.
Scholes is an outside bet for Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2012, while United’s insistence that none of their more experienced players will take part in London should leave him fresh for his final season with the Red Devils next term.
Despite his expected absence Giggs believes Scholes still has the ability to shine in a major tournament and compared his team-mate to Barcelona’s midfield maestro, Xavi.
"In any team in any tournament he would shine,” he commented.
"He and Xavi are the same sort of players. They just control the tempo of great teams. To do that you need to be a special player and that's what he does."