Ryan Giggs calls on Wales to get revenge
RYAN GIGGS has told his old Wales team-mates to make England pay for their Six Nations rugby success at the Millennium Stadium.
The Welsh legend wants to see Craig Bellamy and co inflict a hammer blow to Fabio Capello’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
And he warned his Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney to expect a ferocious reception at the Cardiff citadel as club loyalties are put to one side in favour of national pride.
Giggs wants Welsh revenge for the 26-19 Six Nations defeat against England at the Millennium last month.
“I’m a keen follower of rugby. I was disappointed that day at the Millennium, so hopefully we can get our own back,” smiled Giggs.
“It’s a great stadium. It’s in the middle of the city and for the whole day in the build-up to the game the atmosphere will be great.
“Being a Welshman, you want to beat the English. There is no bigger game.
“Hopefully the crowd will be up for it and the players will also. But it is going to be a tough game as England are a quality team so we need to be at our best.”
Giggs was in the Welsh camp on Thursday to deliver a pep talk to the team and to offer advice to Aaron Ramsey on how to skipper the team he himself splendidly led under John Toshack.
And he admitted: “This is the one game that makes you wish you were still playing. But I’m at the stage that, when an international break comes, it’s a good time for me to rest up.
“I was fortunate or unfortunate – whatever way you want to put it – to play against England when I was still playing.
“We didn’t get the results we had hoped for. Hopefully we can get the win this time.
“We’ve got a good team spirit with good young players coming through. But we realise it’s going to be a tough game.
“Hopefully, we can use the home advantage and get a big crowd behind us to win the day.”
Giggs continued: “We will go to the game really excited with what is happening with Wales at this moment in time.
“There is real quality in the squad with players coming through from what was a top under-21s team.”
Bemoaning the loss of Gareth Bale, Giggs said: “As a Welshman, I want him to play for Wales, as he does for Tottenham. He is a tremendous asset, with pace and power.”
But he pointed out: “We can still win if everything goes for us.
“We need a bit of luck, we need to concentrate and we have to play well. Then our players with quality – and Craig Bellamy and Aaron Ramsey are two of those – can scare them.
“The other thing in our favour will be the sell-out crowd. A full Millennium Stadium is a different prospect for a visiting team, compared to 20,000 or 30,000 being there.
“Under Mark Hughes we were getting full houses, and hopefully the current players can be inspired by the atmosphere and produce a shock.”