Robson-Kanu wants to repay "phenomenal" Giggs after making retirement U-turn

Wales legend Hal Robson-Kanu is back and can't wait to pull on the famous red shirt again.

The 31-year-old returns to the fold for the Nations League games against Finland and Bulgaria for the first time since he announced his retirement over two years ago.

But Robson-Kanu says it feels like he's never been away after joining up with Ryan Giggs' squad for tomorrow night's clash in Helsinki(TH).

The West Brom midfielder enjoys cult-status with Welsh fans after his goal in the shock 3-1 win over Belgium which clinched a Euro 2016 semi-final place.

There's even an unofficial 'Hal Robson-Kanu Day' to celebrate the anniversary of that epic victory on July 1.

He admits he's feeling the love and is just delighted to be back in the fray after doing a U-turn on his decision to quit the international scene.

Robson-Kanu said: “It doesn't feel strange. It feels like I've never been away to be honest.

“I don't regret my decision. We had just been relegated at West Brom, we were going into a 46-game season and there were family reasons. I've got three children and I think sometimes you need to take a break from the demands on you.

“It was a decision I needed to make but now I feel good and ready to my best for the nation and it's something I'm really looking forward to.”

He added: “Pulling on a Welsh shirt has always been a phenomenal experience. The Hal Robson-Kanu Day thing has popped up from time to time. What can I say? I don't think it's official! But it is a reminder of that great summer.”

He'd love to pay back Giggs for the understanding he's shown, adding: “I spoke to him prior to qualifying for the Euros and said 'I'm in a better place now and would be ready to be called.'

“He was phenomenal and said the door was never going to be closed and he's sown that's the case.

“There's a fantastic togetherness in this squad and a lot of talent. It's brilliant to be back because there have been experiences you never forget and hopefully, for me, it's all about trying to create more.”

Robson-Kanu adds: “Obviously the highlight was us beating Belgium but the goal was just a moment in time and when I look back it's all about the experience we had as a group.”

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