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No full-time Wales role for Manchester Utd's Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs quit international football in June 2007 after 64 Wales caps

Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs could be part of new Wales boss Gary Speed's back-room staff for the forthcoming clash against England.

But any Giggs involvement will not be as a full-time member of Speed's regime and will instead be on an ad-hoc basis with his country's international team.

Wales take on England at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday, 26 March in their Uefa 2012 qualifier.

Speed says Giggs, 37, has to "prioritise" his commitments.

Following his appointment, the Wales manager made no secret of his desire to see Giggs involved as his potential long-term successor.

But Speed says the fact that Giggs is tipped to sign for another year at Old Trafford means the player must be careful not to over-burden himself with off-field ambitions

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"I've spoken to Ryan a few times," said Speed.

"He's very keen, but obviously he's got his hands full at the moment with Manchester United.

"So it won't one of those [situations] where Ryan will come in five or six days before [a game] - he might pop in a couple of days.

"He is very keen, but obviously he's got to prioritise.

"It looks like he's going to sign another year with Man Utd so he's still got that at his age, then he's got to put all his efforts into that.

"But I'm sure Ryan will be knocking around the place, hopefully, now and again."

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