Welsh legend rules out return

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Ryan Giggs has ruled out any possibility of a dramatic Wales return - as a player or coach - for this month's eagerly-anticipated clash against England.

It had been suggested the Manchester United and Wales legend could be tempted out of international retirement by new manager Gary Speed ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier at the Millennium Stadium.

The 37-year-old midfielder played down such speculation recently but did appear to raise the possibility of joining Speed's backroom team.

He now says that will not be happening for the game on March 26 but the veteran of 64 caps is still keen to help Speed in some way, and he said: "I'm down there anyway with my family so I will probably go to speak to him.

"I don't think I will get involved in coaching but I spoke to Gary and he said if there was any help I could give...."


He added: "I played with Gary and I want what he wants - a successful Welsh team.

"I won't be doing anything with a ball but I will probably go down a couple of days before."

Giggs retired from international football in 2007 in order to concentrate on his club career.

It is a decision which cannot be faulted with the player continuing to maintain a high standard with United both domestically and in Europe.

Giggs also seems unlikely to move into coaching in the very near future having agreed a new one-year contract at Old Trafford a fortnight ago.

There has been a clamour in Wales since the departure of former manager John Toshack last year for Giggs to return to bolster a national side which has struggled for results.

However, when asked again if he could play against England, Giggs said: "I won't be taking my boots, no."

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