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28th Jun 2018

Ryan Giggs upsets Welsh fans as he appears to call England “we” during Belgium game

Simon Lloyd

(He probably does realise he’s still Welsh, to be fair)

Ryan Giggs was born in Wales. Ryan Giggs played football for Wales. Ryan Giggs is now the manager of Wales. All this considered, we can safely assume that he is very much still Welsh.

With this in mind, you can probably guess how the people of Wales reacted to him uttering the word “we” when talking about England during ITV’s coverage of their World Cup group game with Belgium on Thursday night.

Discussing the performance of Marcus Rashford, the 44-year-old said: “In that number 10 position, Rashford’s dropping in, but can we get Loftus-Cheek in that little number 10 position?”

https://twitter.com/RhysJones79/status/1012410083685396487

Oh, Ryan…

Although most pointed out that Giggs was probably just speaking as if in the position of one of the England coaching set-up, others were angered.

Some furiously tweeted angry red face emojis 

Others suggested it was a sackable offence…

https://twitter.com/elocnai123/status/1012412757289758721

https://twitter.com/CCFC_jules/status/1012441220998627328

… And questioned his commitment to his job as Wales manager

There was other stuff, too…

The game itself was a dull one, eventually decided by a goal from Adnan Januzaj, the man who inherited Giggs’ number 11 shirt at Manchester United.

England will now face a last 16 game with Colombia next Tuesday with Belgium set to take on Japan a day earlier.