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THE man who led West Germany to victory in the 1990 World Cup is to captain the side to face Sir Bobby Robson’s England team in a charity match

The inspirational Lothar Matthaus will be in the German team to face Sir Bobby’s men on July 26 at St James’ Park.

Midfielder and sometime-sweeper Matthaus is the 1990 European and World Soccer player of the year and won the first ever FIFA World Player of the Year in 1991.

Players from England’s 1990 squad including Gazza and Peter Shilton have already agreed to turn out in a rematch of the dramatic World Cup defeat to Germany.

The match is being played to raise money for North East cancer charity, The Sir [url=http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2009/07/02/lothar-matthaus-to-star-at-game-for-sir-bobby-72703-24057403/#]Bobby Robson Foundation, which was launched last year and has raised more than £1.2m.

Steve Hodge, Des Walker, Paul Parker and ex-Toon star Peter Beardsley are also in the England team.

The first three players to be joining Matthaus in the line-up will be former Tottenham midfielder Steffen Freund, ex-Sunderland defender Thomas Helmer and Freddi Bobic.

Freund said: “I expect that the England lads will really want to win this for Sir Bobby and wont want us to be taking the trophy back home to Germany, but we always come to win and this game will be no different.

“Sir Bobby is loved around the world and we are honoured to be a part of this historic occasion in his honour, but I am afraid we won’t be going easy on the England team he puts out.â€Â

Peter Shilton OBE, who holds the record for the most England caps with 125, said: “We are prepared for the Germans and this gives us a chance to re-live this great rivalry and win the match for Sir Bobby.

“It would be a fitting result and a great feeling to hold the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy.

Two weeks ago they had only sold 1,000 tickets because of all the problems at Newcastle - hope they have sold a lot more than that now he deserves it. - It will be shown on Itv 4.

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