By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger says the one disappointing aspect to Ryan Giggs' illustrious career is that he never got to play in a major international tournament.

The Manchester United midfielder has collected 11 Premier League winners medals, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Champions Leagues, seven Community Shields, a UEFA Super Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup since making his debut in 1991. He was also named PFA Player of the Year last season and collected the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

However the Welsh midfielder has never had the chance to represent his country in a major competition. That's because the Dragons haven’t qualified for a World Cup or European Championship since 1958.

"He will stay until the end of his career at Man United," said Wenger ahead of Sunday's clash with United. "But he is an exceptional player. For me, he really is an exceptional player.

"What is a shame is this kind of player could not go to the World Cup or the European Championships because they are from Wales."

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29 Jan 2010