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England’s so-called golden generation, which includes the likes of David Beckham, Sol Campbell and the Neville brothers – Gary and Phil – could be part of a Veterans World Cup team in 2016.
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Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that the quartet are among those likely to compete in the competition, which takes place in Qatar. The 16-team tournament will act as a test of the Middle Eastern country ahead of the official 2022 tournament.
The source adds that the age limit on the 300 players expected to compete would be 50 and that the games are likely to last 35 minutes each half of a 10-minute break.
Spain, England, Argentina and Brazil are all expected to take part, which means that Diego Simeone could come face-to-face with David Beckham and David Seaman might have to face his 2002 nemesis Ronaldinho.
The veterans of the 2002, 2006 and 2010 tournaments will need to conquer the countries blistering heat if they are to win the inaugural edition of the competition, will be played at the end of the European season.
Qatar are desperate to allay fears that they cannot host a big football occasion and have already won the right to host the Italian SuperCup this December. If the tournament passes without incident it could end all doubts over safety in the country.
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