The legendary winger has expressed his desire to be a part of Stuart Pearce's squad for the summer tournament, and has admitted he hopes to be reunited with David Beckham
Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has revealed he has put himself forward for a place in the Team GB squad for the 2012 Olympic Games, and is keen to reunite with former team-mate David Beckham.
The Welshman has never been able to experience an international tournament due to the failing of his native national side, and the 38-year-old sees the London Games as the perfect antidote for the missing part of an otherwise deeply experienced career.
"I’ve put myself forward,” Giggs told the Daily Telegraph. “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."
“I’ve spoken to [head coach] Stuart Pearce but I think the majority of players have. It would be nice to be involved in a tournament atmosphere because I’ve never experienced that.”
Giggs has received Sir Alex Ferguson’s blessing to miss part of pre-season for the tournament, who also appreciates this will be the only chance for him to compete in an international tournament.
Sir Alex told MUTV: "Ryan wants to play. I am happy with that. He is looking forward to it. Whether he plays three games in seven days is another matter - that is not my decision. But he does want to play because he has always missed out on the big tournaments with Wales."
The midfielder admitted that he would also relish the opportunity to link up with another Team GB hopeful David Beckham again.
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The pair were part of the FA Youth Cup winning team back in 1992 and went on to become key players in Manchester United's quest for dominance during their time together until Beckham's transfer to Real Madrid in 2003.
He added: “Becks is obviously a friend and he’s a great player and still remains that so, if that was to be, it would be great,”
“Obviously, I started my playing career with Becks in the youth team. Twenty years later, to be still doing that, it would be great. We’ll have to wait and see.”