England and Germany legends to do battle at Upton Park
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 April 2016
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Teddy Sheringham, Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and David James among those representing the Three Lions on May 2
Two sets of international legends will meet at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground on May 2, Bank Holiday Monday, afternoon for a thrilling clash.
The match has been created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of England’s 1966 World Cup Final win and allow the world to bid farewell to one of English football’s greatest homes.
Kicking off at 4pm, The Legends: England v Germany will be screened to a staggering 80 + nations all around the world and leading the Three Lions charge will be former national team skipper Rio Ferdinand.
Germany will be led by ex-Chelsea and national team captain Michael Ballack in what should be a fantastic afternoon of entertainment.
Former West Ham United defender Ferdinand said: “I’m really looking forward to be wearing the captain’s armband for this England comeback. It’s always an honour to put on the England shirt and even more so as this is mine, and the rest of the lads, last chance to kick a ball at the Boleyn.”
Ferdinand will be assisted by a host of former English Hammers including David James, Joe Cole and Teddy Sheringham. Famous names lending a hand will include Homeland’s Damian Lewis, Mark Strong, famous for his role in Sherlock Holmes amongst other things.
In addition to the aforementioned, former World Boxing Champion David Haye and comedians Lee Mack, Russell Howard, Jack Whitehall and Jon Richardson will be there. The England Legends will be co-managed by Hollywood A-Lister, and West Ham season ticket holder, Ray Winstone.
He said: “I was at the World Cup in 1966 and as an England fan and a real Hammers fan, this match celebrating England’s greatest ever sporting triumph on the ground that I love, with some of the club’s greatest servants, is a fitting way to celebrate all that is great about West Ham and English football.”
Winstone and his star-studded England squad know that this will be no easy task as the German federation are putting together a formidable squad of World Cup and Euro champions to spoil the party.
They are captained by Ballack and will be managed by ex-Germany and Scotland coach Berti Vogts. Their squad will contain the likes of goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, defender Guido Buchwald, Euro 96 winners Fredi Bobic and Mario Basler and 2002 World Cup central defender Jens Nowotny.
Former Chelsea ace Ballack added: “I’m working closely with the team to make sure we have the best possible line up. Whilst this is a great occasion and an honour for us to be a part of the farewell to the Boleyn - we are coming there to win. There is no such thing as friendly when Germany play England.”
The Legends: England v Germany kicks off at 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday May 2 at West Ham United’s Upton Park.
Tickets for this one-off match are available by calling 0871 091 1811 or visiting www.whufcboxoffice.com. The price of tickets is £25 for adults, £15 for over-65s and under-21s and £10 for under-16s.
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