Army FA v FA Legends
4pm, Saturday 18 May 2013
Madejski Stadium, Reading FC
Tickets are on sale via www.ArmyFA125.com
Ugo Ehiogu lines-up against the Army FA on Saturday, aiming to roll back the years and raise valuable funds for a cause which is close to his heart.
The former England, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender will be part of Roy Hodgson’s FA Legends squad heading for the Madejski Stadium to celebrate 125 years of Army football.
And Ehiogu was always keen to be involved once he heard that all ticket proceeds are going to the Royal British Legion and the Team Army Sports Foundation.
Ehiogu said: “It’s a wonderful cause really and something that is quite personal to me.
“My brother served in the Forces and did two tours in Afghanistan so it’s a topic close to myself.
“It’s all for a good cause and I’m looking forward to it, getting the boots back on.”
The 40-year-old, who is travelling with England U20s to the World Cup in Turkey this summer as a coaching observer, will be joined by the likes of Gary Neville, Dietmar Hamann, Gareth Southgate and Peter Beardsley in the Legends squad.
And he knows that it might take a little time for things to click into place, but is equally confident that quality will shine through against Stuart Pearce’s Army FA team.
He explained: “Once you get back into the way that you used to play, it’ll be interesting to see what we’re up against.
“It will be an interesting test. I’m sure there will be a lot of players who will be relying on their heads and letting the ball do the work.
“Once everyone gets into their positions, within five or ten minutes, things will hopefully click.
“I don’t think people will be surprised at just how much fitter they will be than our lads.
“You just hope that the touch will be as good as it used to be, just enjoy it and enjoy playing football again and hopefully we can raise a lot of money for the Forces.
“It’ll be good just to be back around football and the other players.”
The difference in fitness levels between the Legends and the Army side will be clear as the game goes on and Ehiogu is prepared for the battle.
But with a young, fit and strong line-up expected from the Army, he’s prepared to go toe-to-toe with whoever he comes up against.
“No-one wants to get embarrassed, that’s for sure,” he laughed. “You’ve still got that mental pride and the professionalism of yesteryear comes back.
“A lot of our squad will be managing their bodies quite conservatively, so it should be a good game of football.”
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