Army FA v FA Legends
4pm, Saturday 18 May 2013
Madejski Stadium, Reading FC
Tickets are on sale via www.ArmyFA125.com
Stuart Pearce says his Army FA side are more than capable of causing an upset in Saturday's charity match against Roy Hodgson’s FA Legends team.
The England Under-21s Coach goes into Saturday’s game at Reading’s Madejski Stadium full of confidence after spending time with the troops in recent weeks.
Pearce said: “I’ve been to Aldershot on one occasion the morning of the game when they played the Navy, and I stayed on and watched the game against the Navy having trained with the boys in the morning.
“They’re a fantastic group of lads – good personality about all the players, they really enjoy what they’re doing.”
As well as being in peak physical condition, Pearce also said that the squad is full of talented players.
“Their focus is brilliant. They’re desperate to do well, and there’s a good standard to them as well,” he added.
“I’m really looking forward to the game – I’ve enjoyed taking the training on the occasions I have.
“The one thing you ask and demand is that real focus and enthusiasm. The Army side, they bring that. You don’t even have to encourage that or coach it out of them.”
Pearce said his main message to his team would to make the most of the unique opportunity the game provides.
“That’s what the message from me will be - 'you’ve got a great opportunity here to showcase Army football against a really good opposition team, on a Premier League pitch' so it’s all there for them.”
The match will be played in aid of two Armed Forces charities – The Royal British Legion and the Team Army Sports Foundation.
“That’s the one thing that underpins all of this – the fact that we’ve got the opportunity to raise money for a fantastic cause,” added Pearce.
“I think the support that The Football Association and the people of Britain give our Armed Services is fantastic.
“If we can raise a few quid on the day and also the people that come really enjoy and have a good day then everyone will be happy across the board."