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England Vs Wales Ready To Go: Minus One Legend

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 21: Ryan Giggs of Manchester United gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 21, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Antony HerbertAnalyst IIIMarch 25, 2010

The dates have been set. England and Wales now know when they will face each other in the qualifiers for Euro 2012. The draw had to be selected randomly after teams in the group failed to make a decision themselves.

Wales will entertain at the Millennium Stadium on March 26th 2011, with the team then travelling to Wembley for the return tie on September 6th.

Any fixtures between two home nations will always be relished.

Although Wales will obviously go in as underdogs it is a spectacle both nations will look forward to.

Yet one person as it stands, will be sadly missing.

We all know the respective talents of Ryan Giggs. He is a player who has fulfilled various individual and team highlights throughout his illustrious career at Manchester United. He has shown his loyalty by never drifting elsewhere.

For Welsh fans he is an icon. He is a God. He is a rare stunner who gave Wales an elevation in any match they played.

After all Wales in comparison to Scotland have always suffered from not having a credible and high quality Premier League of its own. This resulted in a dispersing of players across England. This is something that always proved a detriment to the talent in a country where the sport of Rugby is the epitome of inspiration.

For a nation to have such a formidable player then was a welcome treat. He scored twelve goals in his sixteen year run for his country, before retiring from international football in 2007.

He continued though with Manchester United as his main priority. This culminated in his triumph at being named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2009. Such an achievement was long overdue for a player heaped in glory, with multiple League and European titles to his name.

The prospect of a Wales vs England duo of clashes should therefore provide an initiative to grab Ryan back to the international scene once more.

There are no rumours of a return, which is a depressing thought. Wouldn't you just love to see though Giggs don his Welsh kit once more in a final farewell that would represent one of the brightest spectacles of this century?

With him Wales may have a chance of stifling the England team. They know of his credentials. They know what he can do.

We have to remember that Giggs was part of the side that almost qualified for the Euro 2004 finals. Their valiant efforts against the likes of Italy saw them almost qualify outright before an agonisingly defeat to Russia in the play off. The fact they even got to the play off however was a compliment to how much Wales had subverted the form book that year.

Wales do have a good squad. They have a prolific scorer in Bellamy and are capable of conceding as little as possible. No team goes into a match thinking of it as an easy victory.

This is probably the last chance that Wales will get to play England whilst Giggs is still a professional player.

I would hope that Giggs could be persuaded into a return. It would just be the cherry on top of such a momentous career that on so many occasions has left us in awe of his skills.

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