Reading's Madejski Stadium, will play host to a star-studded international football match on Thursday November 12th 2009 in support of 'Help for Heroes', the charity set up to help our wounded service people.
An England squad of football legends will take to the pitch alongside stars from music, sport and film against a Rest of the World team brimming with top names in a full international match that will be broadcast around the world.
England legends Les Ferdinand, Chris Waddle, Des Walker, Peter Beardsley and Mark Wright are signing up along with the likes of England cricketer Alec Stewart, singer Simon Webbe, actor Rupert Graves and World Champion boxer Nigel Benn the England team will boast a stellar cast of heroes, stars and champions.
Rumours are flying around the Rest of the World camp regarding who will feature in their team: Lothar Matthäus, Ian Rush, Thomas Brolin, Franco Baresi, Toto Schillachi and Gary McAllister are expected to line up alongside Boris Becker, Eddie Irvine, Rod Stewart, Kenny Logan and a host of other top international stars.
Ciaran Kennedy of Toast confirmed: "We are signing up England and international stars daily and will make regular announcements about them. We have some absolutely huge names in the pot and this match is going to be a who's who of big star talent."
Lining up alongside the stars, will be current servicemen representing the Army, Navy and RAF who have been selected to play for their country and as representatives of the armed forces.
Producer Lester Holcombe added:"I decided to put this match on after seeing what Lawrence Dallaglio did for Help for Heroes with his rugby match last year. The idea to have our heroes playing alongside our legends is a great one and is a poignant image'.
Holcombe continued: "I will be asking Dallaglio and a few of the England rugby boys to swap the oval ball for the round one. Lawrence, Martin Johnson and Matt Dawson can all play a bit, and it's for a great cause that they are all close to. Watch this space for new announcements…"
The match kicks off at 19.45 on Thursday the 12th November. Tickets for the match are available at £10 adults and £5 children, from the Reading FC Box Office, at www.readingfc.co.uk or by calling 0844 249 1871. For further information about Help for Heroes go to www.helpforheroes.co.uk