Ryan Giggs wants to team up with ex-Manchester United star David Beckham at London 2012 Olympics

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs is hoping to be reunited with David Beckham by playing in the London 2012 Olympics this summer.

The 38-year-old is the only Reds player to be allowed to participate in the games for Team GB, having never played in a World Cup or European Championship.

And Giggs is eager to have former teammate Beckham, who is expected to captain the side if picked on the right-flank as part of Stuart Pearce’s squad.

Giggs said: “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.

“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.”

The Welshman and Englishman won 15 trophies together at Manchester United before Becks moved to Real Madrid in 2003.

And while managers across the Premier League are wary of the competition and the fitness of their players, Giggs said he had been dreaming of playing in London.

Giggs said: “I’ve put myself forward to be involved with the Olympics. Whether I get picked we’ll have to wait and see.

“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.”

The Welsh FA were opposed to the creation of Team GB but the nations are set to play with one another this summer.

Pearce will be allowed to pick three over 23 players and Giggs, 38, and Beckham, 37, have publicly declared their desire to be involved.

Giggs continued: “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.”

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