Glenn Hoddle is so excited by the prospect of so many great players taking part in the Elite Legends Cup tournament at Brisbane Road, May 18, between Cheslea, Arsenal, Spurs, West Ham, that he is tempted to turn out himslf more than 20 years since he last laced his famous boots.
Chelsea are the holders as they won the inaugural Elite Legends Cup at Craven Cottage where Franco Zola lifted the trophy with a stars-studded team.
Such was the success of the four hours of competitive football, the first time great players from the past had the chance to test themselves again in front of a big crowd, TV cameras, playing for a trophy, that even more greats want to take part this time – including many more from holders Chelsea.
Almost 80 of the four clubs’ greatest ever legends will be in east London and Hoddle, the former Chelsea manager and indeed Chelsea No 20, says: “I am so excited at the prospect of seeing so many of the clubs greatest ever legends that I am now tempted to put my boots on for the first time in more than 20 years!
“Yes, I might make a comeback. But don’t get too excited, it won’t be for the whole game – even if Football 30 is about legends playing at their best for 15 minutes each half.
“We have nearly four hours of great family fun and proper competitive football for the legends at Brisbane Road. I am delighted that players like Paolo di Canio will turn out again for the Hammers, Franco Zola for the Blues, Teddy Sheringham and Dareen Anderton for a Super Spurs team, Martin Keown and Niall Quinn for Arsenal along with my old England team-mate Kenny Sansom.
“It’s been quite a few years since I kicked a ball in anger, but you never know I might be out there on May 18.
“But I am sorry to disappoint that Hoddle and Waddle won’t be making a comeback in front of the mic. No matter how often I’m asked to re-release Diamond Lights with Chris, it ain’t going to happen – unless its for Comic Relief.
“I will though make an appearance in a Spurs shirt again, even if its only to come on and take a free kick or a corner.
“I would love to extend this to international football and would love someone like Diego Maradona to come on to take a free kick and go off again and comeback again when he feels up to it for a few minutes, as we have limitless roll on roll off subs.
“This all makes it conducive to seeing the very best players again, but not trying the impossible to extend them with 90 minutes games.”
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