Thursday 23rd September
The Legends: England v Ireland
16-man squads for Fulham International announced
With just under three weeks remaining until The Legends: England v Ireland kicks off at Fulhamís Craven Cottage, no less than 18 former international have added their names to the 16-man squads that will take the pitch live on ITV4 on Thursday October 9th.
For England, former England Captain David Platt, Liverpool striker Stan Collymore, Premiership winner Graham Le Saux, FA Cup winning goalkeeper Dave Beasant, Forest midfielder Steve Stone and QPRís Andy Sinton have joined Arsenal trio Paul Merson, Ray Parlour and Nigel Winterburn alongside Manchester United duo Bryan Robson and Lee Sharpe. World Cup Italia í90 hero Des Walker, World Cup í86 World Cup quarter finalists Steve Hodge, European Cup winner Chris Woods and League Championship winner Paul Walsh complete Peter Reidís 16-man squad.
The Republic of Irelandís 16-man squad will include Celticís Legendary keeper Packie Bonner, Leedsí Gary Kelly and John Sheridan, Liverpoolís Phil Babb, Steve Staunton, Jason McAteer and Ray Houghton, Marseille striker Tony Cascarino, Manchester United and Arsenal frontman Frank Stapleton, Evertonís Kevin Sheedy and Sheffield Unitedís Alan Kelly. The new additions join Manchester United full back Dennis Irwin, Arsenal and Crystal Palace midfielder Eddie McGoldrick, Charlton midfielder Mark Kinsella, Middlesbrough defender Alan Kernaghan and West Ham, Newcastle and Sunderland striker David Kelly.
In terms of age, the 16-man squads are evenly matched. England has an average age of 39.37 compared to Irelandís 39.12. However, in terms of international caps, Ireland has a sizeable advantage, earning 757 compared to Englandís 367, or 47 per player to 23.
The Legends: England v Republic of Ireland, which kicks off at 7.45pm, is the third game in The 2008 Legends Series. The England Legends beat their Scottish counterparts 2-0 at St. Maryís Stadium Southampton on Thursday May 15th before losing 5-1 to Germany at Sheffield Unitedís Bramall Lane.
Tickets for The Legends: England v Ireland are £14 for adults (over 16) and £8 for OAPs/Students, plus booking fee and available from Fulham Football Clubís Box Office on 0870 442 1234. Transmission for The Legends: England v Ireland will begin at 7pm. All Legends football games operate a ĎKid-A-Quidí scheme; all children under 16 will gain entry to The Legends for just £1.