Football may not be coming home this year but never fear, the footballing fun doesn’t have to stop just yet.
Have you ever dreamt of playing a match alongside an England legend? This once in a lifetime opportunity lets you line up with a footballing hero before playing a match with them. You’ll get to show off your skills with a legend of the game, then enjoy a drink together and relieve all the highs and lows of their career.
So, treat yourself and your mates to an unforgettable experience of playing a match with some football royalty. Here’s our top picks of the best former England players that you can meet.
Anderton earned 30 caps for England and established himself in the side for Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup. Another Tottenham player to grace the England ranks, he played in the game against Germany in ‘96 when Southgate famously let us down during penalties. (Oh well, we think he’s made amends for that now.) Put yourself to the test and see if Anderton still has the skills.
See if Salako still has the pace of years gone by and play a match with this legendary Crystal Palace and England player. Famously scoring a brace against Manchester United in the 1990-91 season, Salako earned 5 caps with the England team in the same season. Put your skills to the test before having a pint and chatting about some of the best moments from his 20 year long career.
Darren Anderton Goal
Des Walker made his England debut in 1988 against Denmark and quickly became a regular for England, earning 50 caps quicker than anyone before him. Hear about playing in the 1990 World Cup semi-final and the disastrous 1994 World Cup Qualifiers after you’ve had a kickabout together.
Famous for scoring some incredible long-distance goals for Newcastle, Rob Lee was a force to be reckoned with. The box-to-box midfielder made his England debut back in 1994 and scored a screamer against Romania during his first match. Winning a total of 21 caps, you can now relive the highs of his career and play alongside him in an epic five-a-side match.
Rob Lee Goals
Webb earned his full international debut against West Germany on 9th September 1987 at the age of 24. The midfielder, who also played in defense, was the 1,000th player to be capped by England and scored his first goal against Turkey when England won 8-0 during the Euro 88 qualifiers. So, see if you’ve got the skills to get past him and ask him about his famous falling out with Fergie.
Frequently voted as one of the best fall backs ever to grace the England ranks, Kenny Sansom won over 85 caps for the nation. He spent 8 years at Arsenal and is a club favourite. Sansom played in the unforgettable 1986 World Cup match against Argentina, so make sure to ask him about the ‘hand of God’ fiasco!
Catch up with the speedy full-back and chat about his amazing career after playing a match together. He made over 400 appearances for Arsenal between 1987 and 2000, and was famously part of the 20 man brawl in a match against United in 1990. Making 2 appearances for England, find out if he still has the silky skills and pace of years gone by.
So, there’s our top picks for the ultimate kick about with former England players. But it doesn’t stop there, there’s hundreds of other players that you can meet and play alongside.
With premier league royalty including Darren Huckerby, Chris Perry and Keith Gillespie, there’s loads to explore. Whether you support Chelsea, Arsenal, or even Luton Town, there’s sure to be a footballing hero perfect for your group.
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