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What time does it start?

The game kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, November 14 at Old Trafford.

Can I watch it?

Not live. All tickets for the match are now sold out and there is no live coverage, with the old rule that 3pm kick-offs on Saturdays apparently even taking in charity kickabouts. Still, there are highlights being shown on a special 40-minute edition of Match of the Day on BBC1, from 10.20pm on Saturday night.

Who’s playing?

The game will be played between a Great Britain and Ireland XI and a Rest of the World XI, and it’s a pretty starry cast, as you might expect. For United fans, the star turns are likely to be from Beckham himself and his fellow Class of 92 stalwarts, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, as well as Rio Ferdinand, who shares a changing room with his good friend John Terry. Andy Cole had been due to play for the home team, but has had to pull out as he battles a kidney condition.

They will be managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, returning to the Old Trafford dug-out for the first time since retiring in 2013. Sadly, Roy Keane will not be in Fergie’s line-up as he is on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Great Britain and Ireland (correct to Nov 12)

Captain: David Beckham

David Seaman

David James

Sol Campbell

John Terry

Phil Neville

Rio Ferdinand

Jamie Carragher

Ashley Cole

Nicky Butt

Paul Scholes

Ryan Giggs

Michael Owen

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Rio Ferdinand will be reunited with John Terry

Their opponents aren’t bad, either. Zinedine Zidane, Beckham’s old Real Madrid team-mate, captains the Rest of the World, which also features Luis Figo, Ronaldinho, Patrick Vieira and Fabio Cannavaro. Carlo Ancelotti has the enviable task of ‘coaching’ them for the day. The referee, meanwhile, will be Italy’s Pierluigi Collina.

Rest of the World (correct to Nov 12)

Captain: Zinedine Zidane

Edwin van der Saar


Fabio Cannavaro

Alessandro Nesta

Luis Figo


Patrick Vieira

Michael Ballack

Massimo Ambrosini

Robert Pires

Dwight Yorke

Patrick Kluivert

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Landon Donovan

Zinedine Zidane will lead the Rest of the World XI

What are they saying?

“It’s incredible that we’re going to be bringing so many of the world’s greatest footballers together under one roof for this match. It’s a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and vital funds for Unicef to help improve the lives of children across the world.” David Beckham