Gary Speed tries to tempt Wales old guard Ryan Giggs and Robbie Savage

15 December 2010 01:13
Gary Speed kicked off a new era in Wales football by initiating a ring-round of recent retirees - with Ryan Giggs's name high on his list of those he hopes to entice back to international football.

The new head coach is ready to offer an olive branch to those who turned their back on John Toshack during his five-year reign.

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Speed, 41, was confirmed in the post on Tuesday after agreeing a three-and-a-half-year deal with the FA of Wales, and immediately turned his thoughts to the next competitive international against England in Cardiff next March.

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After Sheffield United released him from his manager's role, the man capped 85 times said he wanted to make playing for Wales enjoyable once more.

A succession of Barclays Premier League players have called time on their international playing days, despite being years away from retiring from the domestic top flight.

It was suggested that Toshack's management style was a factor in those decisions but while paying tribute to youngsters with the promise of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, it seems Speed may try and entice one or two others back into the fold, albeit on a short-term basis.

Derby skipper Robbie Savage, 36, has already contacted his former team-mate about a return to the set-up. But it is the possibility of seeing Manchester United veteran Giggs, 37, back in action that will gladden the heart of every Wales fan.

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Asked whether he would consider thosewho have quit, Speed said: 'I'm sure I'll be ringing round everybody. As for Ryan, I'm not too sure he would want to come back. But I'd say it's something we have not discussed yet. I'm leaving the door open at the moment.'

 Dad's ArmyBringing back the old guard in time to take on England in March may be a masterstroke by new Wales boss Gary Speed.

Perhaps he should go back a bit further and try calling one or two legends.

If he needs a goalkeeper he could phone Neville Southall, who won 92 caps in a 16-year Wales career from 1982, and he's bound to have a number for Ian Rush (right), who scored 28 goals in 73 internationals.

They could really worry England.

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