Team captain Ryan Giggs, who has declined to sing "God Save the Queen" prior to Britain's two matches so far, is hopeful fans do not boo the anthem when the team faces Uruguay Wednesday in Wales. Some Welsh players, including Giggs, did not sing "God Save The Queen" before Sunday's game or the opening match on Thursday. Britain will advance to the quarterfinals with a victory or a tie.
Cardiff-born Giggs, who scored the opening goal in Britain's 3-1 win over United Arab Emirates on Sunday, gave an explanation for his decision.
"It's a personal thing," said Giggs, who declined to play for England despite being eligible through his English father. "The British anthem is the same for a Welshman, Scotsman or an Englishman. It's difficult but it's not an issue for us. It might be for other people but, once the game starts, we're all pulling in the same direction and I think that's the main thing. I hope it won't get booed and I hope the fans will get behind us as they have in our first two games. ... It will mean a lot to all of the Welsh lads to play in our own stadium, our own back yard, so it will be a great occasion," Giggs said. "I'm still disappointed not to play in a World Cup, a Euros or a major tournament and now this is something I'm relishing."
A crowd of 72,000 saw Britain's opener against Senegal while 85,000 were at Wembley on Sunday. A turnout of 74,000 is expected in Cardiff for the do-or-die game. The Football Association of Wales' opposes a British team, as do the soccer federations of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Many Welsh, Irish and Scottish fans feel the same way. The four parts of the United Kingdom, including England, compete as individual teams in non-Olympic international soccer.