Tuesday 22 May 2012

Giggs hopeful of Beckham Olympic reunion

Premier League legend says he is available for selection for London 2012

Ryan Giggs and David Beckham won six Premier League titles together at Manchester United

Premier League legend Ryan Giggs has raised the prospect of a reunion with former Manchester United team-mate David Beckham by making himself available for the Great Britain Olympic football squad for 2012.

Giggs, who was voted Best Player in the recent Premier League 20 Seasons Awards, could compete as one of three over-23 players allowed in each squad.

Beckham, currently competing in the United States for Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy, has previously made clear that he would be delighted to be picked by head coach Stuart Pearce.

The two players began their careers at Old Trafford and were both regular starters from 1995/96 to 2002/03 during which time United won the Premier League six times.

"I started my playing career with Becks... 20 years later, to be still doing that would be great"
- Ryan Giggs

But they have not played together since Beckham departed for Real Madrid in 2003.

Giggs, 38, has made 598 Premier League appearances and is the only person to score in every Premier League season.

Beckham, 37, made 263 League appearances for United between 1995 and 2003, before leaving for Spanish side Real Madrid.

"Becks is obviously a friend and he remains a great player," said Giggs.

"If [playing for GB] was to be, it'd be great. I started my playing career with Becks in the [United] youth team. Twenty years later, to be still doing that would be great."

Giggs admitted that the style of play may be slightly different to when they were together at Old Trafford, saying: "I don't think it'll be like 20 years ago when we were both up and down [the wing].

"We might be able to get up but we won't be able to get back down again."

Coach Pearce has until mid-July to name his squad, although he is keen to do so earlier to give players and clubs time to prepare.

GB begin their Olympic campaign against Senegal at Old Trafford on July 26th before facing United Arab Emirates at Wembley on July 29th - with their final group match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 1st August.

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Key Points

  • Ryan Giggs says he is available for GB Olympic football selection
  • Head coach Stuart Pearce allowed to pick three over-23 players in squad
  • Winger could play alongside former Man Utd team-mate David Beckham for GB