Rio, JT pencilled in for UNICEF ‘friendly’ date

Date published: Friday 23rd October 2015 9:43

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and Ashley Cole are all set to line up together in a UNICEF charity match at Old Trafford next month.

Ferdinand has been named in a 14-man Great Britain and Ireland squad to face a Rest of the World side on November 14, who will be captained by Zinedine Zidane.

The former Manchester United centre-back’s relationship with his fellow England internationals has been strained over the last few years but the trio will line up in a Great Britain and Ireland side to be captained by David Beckham and managed by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Chelsea defender Terry received a four-match suspension after he was found guilty of using abusive language towards Ferdinand’s brother Anton during a Premier League game against QPR in October 2011, while Cole gave evidence on Terry’s behalf at a magistrates hearing, which saw the Chelsea captain cleared of a racial abuse charge over the same incident.

Ferdinand wrote in his autobiography that “three years later I find it impossible to forgive or forget the pain [Terry] put my family through” and that he felt Cole had “betrayed” their friendship.

Ferdinand’s fellow former United stars Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Andy Cole are also set to feature.

Former Liverpool men Michael Owen, who also spent time with United, and Jamie Carragher are also in the squad as are goalkeepers David Seaman and David James, plus defender Sol Campbell.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Rest of the World team will be captained by Zidane and also includes Luis Figo, the Brazilian Ronaldinho, Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Nesta, Cafu, Patrick Kluivert and former Manchester United stars Edwin van der Sar, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Dwight Yorke.

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

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

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