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Football: How does wing wizard compare? INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL COMMENT & ANALYSIS ON GIGGS' DEPARTURE.

RYAN GIGGS is one of the greats, but how does he compare to other Welsh lagends?

RYAN GIGGS

(Caps: 63, Goals: 12)

ON pure talent the Manchester United winger stands comparison with any Welsh footballer.

However, he has not always been as committed to the Welsh cause as others and he became notorious for ducking friendlies - missing 18 in a row at one stage - and is marked down as a result.

VERDICT: 7/10

MARK HUGHES

(Caps: 72, Goals: 16)

HUGHES was a warrior for Manchester United and Wales, and also managed his country with some distinction. Netted some spectacular and important goals for club and country.

VERDICT: 8/10

NEVILLE SOUTHALL

(Caps: 92, Goals: 0)

EARNS consideration as the most capped player in Welsh football history. A formidable goalkeeper who played at the highest level with Everton for 17 years during which he won two league titles and the Cup Winners' Cup.

VERDICT: 7/10

IAN RUSH

(Caps: 73, Goals: 28)

THE greatest out-and-out striker in Welsh history. His most memorable goal was a winner against then world champions West Germany in a Euro 92 qualifier.

VERDICT: 8/10

JOHN TOSHACK

(Caps: 40, Goals: 12)

TOSHACK was a fine player for his country, his most notable contribution being a hat-trick against Scotland in the 1979 British Home Championship. Currently steering Wales through a period of transition.

VERDICT: 7/10

IVOR ALLCHURCH

(Caps: 68, Goals: 23)

HIS caps and goalscoring records for his country stood until they were surpassed by Rush in 1986. Qualified for and played in the 1958 World Cup finals.

VERDICT: 9/10

JOHN CHARLES

(Caps: 38, Goals: 15)

CHARLES was a formidable forward who was prolific for his country and scored against Hungary as Wa made the last eight at the 1958 World Cup.

Sir Bobby Robson described him as "incomparable".

He scored 93 goals in 150 games for Juventus and was voted the greatest foreignert have played in Serie A, ahead of Diego Maradona a Zinedine Zidane.

VERDICT: 10/10

CAPTION(S):

Mark Hughes; Ian Rush
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:May 31, 2007
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