Date: 30th May 2007 at 9:31am
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Ryan Giggs will announce his retirement from international football this afternoon, according to reports.

The Welsh skipper looks to extend his contract with Manchester United and reports claim he wants to concentrate solely on his club.

It is believed that Giggs made decision after Wales’ lacklustre display in Dublin in March when Ireland’s 1-0 win all but ended their opponents’ hopes of qualifying for next year’s European Championships.

It is clear why he wants to quit. He never concealed the fact that the only thing still missing from his career is success at international level. However, after yet another failure he’s bound to feel they’ll never make it.

Giggs will be 34 in November and he does not wish to call it a day in his club career so it’s no surprise he wants to give himself the best possible chance to continue at United for at least two more seasons.

He will play his last international game against the Czech Republic on Saturday – after that, it’s only United for him. If Tottenham does not sign him, of course… (it’s just a feeble joke in the wake of recent rumours)