Ryan Giggs would relish being reunited with David Beckham in the Team GB Olympic football squad at the London 2012 games this summer.
The Manchester United legend has been tipped to take one of the three ‘over-age’ places in the squad, while former Old Trafford team-mate Beckham has also been mooted as possibly being one of the three, even a candidate for captain.
Giggs played international football for Wales, so has yet to experience tournament football and this has made him keen to be involved in the squad – though the prospect of linking up with Beckham is also attractive to him, considering they came through the Red Devils’ youth ranks together 20 years ago.
“I've put myself forward to be involved with the Olympics. Whether I get picked we'll have to wait and see,” he is quoted as saying in The Mirror.
“Obviously everybody is excited about it, about the Olympics coming to London and coming to different parts of Britain so yeah I'll have to wait and see.
“I've spoken to Stuart Pearce but I think the majority of players have. I'd love to be involved and hope I will be.
“I've not played in a tournament so to do that it would be nice to do that to be involved in a tournament atmosphere because I've never experienced that.
“People are going to have different views on the Olympics and Team GB. My view personally is I want to be involved and I want to be involved in the tournament atmosphere. If it happens it happens if it doesn't so be it.”
It would be reminiscent of great Sir Alex Ferguson teams of the 90s, were Giggs and Beckham to link up once more.
The 38-year-old was keen to get the chance to line-up alongside his old teammate, but warned people not to expect similar feat from their earlier days.
“I don't think it'll be like 20 years ago when we were both up and down! We might be able to get up but we won't be able to get back down again,” he joked.
“Becks is obviously a friend and he's a great player and still remains that so if that was to be it'd be great.
“Obviously I started my playing career with Becks playing the youth team. Twenty years later to be still doing that it would be great. We'll have to wait and see.”