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Tuesday, 15 October, 2002, 02:39 GMT 03:39 UK
Giggs dismisses England link
Ryan Giggs in action against Argentina
Giggs is a former England schoolboy international
Wales v Italy | Wed 16 October Kick-off 1945 BST | Live on BBC Wales, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Sport Online

Ryan Giggs says that he would rather play for Wales without success than turn out in the white of England.

Giggs is a former England schoolboy international, but he told reporters that he has never had any desire to go on to win full England honours.

The 28-year-old was born in Cardiff but moved to Manchester with his family when he was a boy.

He would almost certainly be a first choice if he had decided to play for England given the lack of left-sided English players.


I'd rather go through my career without qualifying for a major championship than play for a country where I wasn't born
Ryan Giggs

"It still bugs me when people ask if I wished I'd played for England - I'm Welsh, end of story," Giggs said.

"It's the question that's bugged me more than any other over the last 10 years."

Giggs' name is often mentioned along with George Best among a group of outstanding individuals who never had the chance to grace a major international finals.

The current Wales team probably represent the best chance for Giggs to change that statistic - particularly after a fine opening win in Finland.

"I'd rather go through my career without qualifying for a major championship than play for a country where I wasn't born or which my parents didn't have anything to do with," he added.

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