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Last Updated: Friday, 8 October, 2004, 11:00 GMT 12:00 UK
Beckham: Giggs needs more
David Beckham and Ryan Giggs during their Manchester United days
World Cup qualifying Group 6 |
9 Oct 1500 BST | Old Trafford |
Live on BBC1; Radio Five Live, Wales and Cymru; BBC website
England captain David Beckham would like to see Wales qualify for a major tournament for the sake of Ryan Giggs.

Beckham faces his former Manchester United team-mate in the World Cup qualifier at Old Trafford on Saturday.

"I think Ryan Giggs deserves it, he's played so many years at a high level and it would be nice," Beckham said.

"Obviously if it's a choice between us going through and Wales going through then I choose us, but I would like to see them qualify along with us."

The Real Madrid midfielder has played in World Cup and European Championship finals, plus the fiercest domestic derbies in England and Spain.

But Beckham freely admits that the first England-Wales clash in 20 years has a little something special about it.

"There's so many things that give this match extra spice," Beckham added.

"England versus Wales; Gary Neville versus Ryan Giggs; Mark Hughes coming back to Old Trafford; Ryan Giggs playing for Wales at Old Trafford.

"I've known Ryan for a long, long time and when Ryan plays well there's not many better players than him in the game.

"There's so many things that are going to go on in this game and that's what is making it exciting.

"The rivalry between the two countries is massive and these games don't happen too often.

"We're going to be fired up - we're fired up for any game - it's going to be tough but we're looking forward to it."

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