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Beckham and Zidane name star-studded squads for their charity match at Old Trafford

A British and Irish team take on the Rest of the World in aid of UNICEF next month.

Captains Zizou and Beckham.
Captains Zizou and Beckham.
Image: Francois Mori

SOME OF THE biggest names in football have agreed to take part in next month’s ‘Match for Children’ at Old Trafford.

Organised in aid of UNICEF, the charity game sees a Great Britain and Ireland team captained by David Beckham line out against Zinedine Zidane’s Rest of the World XI.

Former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson returns to his old home to manage a side which will feature the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and David Seaman.

And legendary Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti, formerly of AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid, takes charge of the opposition, whose squad includes ex-world stars such as Ronaldinho, Luis Figo, Edwin van der Saar, Cafu, Alessandro Nesta, Patrick Vieira and Patrick Kluivert.

With no Premier League matches taking place that weekend due to the Euro 2016 play-offs, the game has been scheduled for 14 November and kick-off is 3pm.

The full squads haven’t yet been finalised but here’s a list of those confirmed.

Hopefully an Irish player will get involved but don’t hold your breath for a certain Mr Keane…

Beckham’s GB and Ireland: David Seaman, David James, Sol Campbell, John Terry, Phil Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Nicky Butt, David Beckham (c), Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen, Andy Cole.

Managed by: Alex Ferguson.

Zidane’s Rest of the World: Edwin van der Saar, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Nesta, Luis Figo, Ronaldinho, Patrick Vieira, Michael Ballack, Massimo Ambrosini, Zinedine Zidane (c), Robert Pires, Dwight Yorke, Patrick Kluivert , Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Landon Donovan.

Managed by: Carlo Ancelotti.

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