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England 'Set To' Create Over 35s 'Legends' Team To Compete With Other European Nations

England 'Set To' Create Over 35s 'Legends' Team To Compete With Other European Nations

The English FA have been asked by their German counterparts to put together a team of over 35 retired former internationals to play against their team, with a view to a potential masters Euros.

Germany and Italy are set to play a legends match on October 7th in Fürth, with the money raised from the sold out match going to former players who have fallen on hard times.

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According to the Times, the German FA have contacted the English FA to set up a similar fixture between the two rivals with the proposal currently being considered.

The newspaper also reports that Germany and Italy are also considering that there could be a veterans Euros in the future if the matches are a success.

Italy's team is set to include a large group of the 2006 World Cup winning team with Andrea Pirlo, Francesco Totti, Gennaro Gattuso, Gianluca Zambrotta and the captain from that side Fabio Cannavaro all set to play.

The Italian FA have confirmed the team will officially be the 'Azzurri Legends' and the FA will supply coaching staff, physios and doctors like the Italy national team would get.

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Germany's side will include Jürgen Klinsmann, Guido Buchwald, Thomas Berthold, Uwe Bein, Thomas Helmer, Torsten Frings and Jens Nowotny.

Cannavaro could reprise his role as captain. Image: PA Images
Cannavaro could reprise his role as captain. Image: PA Images

For England's involvement in a game, or potential Euros, there is a feeling inside the FA in the country that the former players have not remained in as good a shape as their European counterparts since retirement.

Players must be over 35, retired and have played at least once for their country and England could still supply a pretty decent side.

At the beginning of September a Premier League Legends side took on Manchester City Legends for Vincent Kompany's testimonial and two performances really stood out.

Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes both looked like they could have still played at a decent level, with some Manchester United fans probably still happy to see either of those players making a surprise return for them.

After their performances in that game Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher might not be getting call ups to an England Legends side though.

Who would be in your XI?

Topics: Football News, David Beckham, International Football, England, FA, Germany, Euros, Italy, European Championships, European Football

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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