Heroes of '66 reunited
England and Germany's World Cup players from 1966 will be reunited in London this morning to commemorate their historic Wembley Final.Eleven members of the German squad will fly from Germany to meet seven members of the England team in London for a day of 40th anniversary tribute events - a tour of the new Wembley Stadium, lunch with Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown and an evening reception at the German Embassy.
The guests will start the day at Wembley, led on a tour by WNSL chief executive Michael Cunnah and FA executive director David Davies.
The party have been given special access to the centre of the pitch by constructors Multiplex and all players will sport personalised safety equipment brandishing their names and original squad numbers.
Over 3,000 construction workers will provide a rousing reception from the stands.
The players attending from England [plus squad numbers] are Alan Ball MBE , Gordon Banks MBE , Sir Bobby Charlton , Jack Charlton MBE , George Cohen MBE , Roger Hunt MBE  and Martin Peters MBE . The late England captain Bobby Moore  will be represented by his widow Stephanie.
The German side includes Franz Beckenbauer , Helmut Haller , Siegfried Held , Karl-Heinz Schnellinger , Willi Schulz , Uwe Seeler , Wolfgang Weber , Horst-Dieter Höttges , Max Lorenz , Mr. Günter Bernard  and Hans Tilkowski .
The Slovakian linesman from the Final, Dr. Karol Galba, will also attend.
It is almost four decades since the two teams met on July 30 for the thrilling 4-2 extra-time game that saw Sir Geoff Hurst score the only-ever World Cup Final hat-trick that resulted in Bobby Moore lifting the trophy.
Both the English and German Football Associations, Downing Street and The German Embassy have linked up together to provide this fitting programme of activities to honour the 1966 Heroes ahead of World Cup 2006 in Germany.
Following the stadium tour, the VIP party will travel to Downing Street on the England team bus - used by the current squad - for a reception to be hosted by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown.
Alongside the FA, the Government has been conducting a study into the feasibility of an England bid to host the World Cup tournament in 2018.
Mr Brown said: "July 30, 1966 will rank as one of the greatest World Cup finals, and one of the great days in sporting history.
"It will be a privilege to welcome the stars of that famous day to Downing Street, and particularly to honour the memory of Bobby Moore with his wife Stephanie.
"I hope the memory of 1966 will inspire the current England squad in Germany this summer, and I hope it inspires the whole country to get behind a bid to bring the World Cup tournament back to England in 2018."
In the evening, the German Ambassador will host a 400-strong reception for the English and German parties.
The Embassy will pay homage to the Wembley Final with a fantastic display of 1966 memorabilia including the controversial crossbar and the Jules Rimet trophy [on loan from Soho Square trophy cabinet] plus a sample of the new Wembley turf.
Former England right-back George Cohen said: "The players have been looking forward to getting back together in our 40th anniversary year. Obviously, we’ve all kept in touch since ‘66 but it will be a delight to have the German team come to London on an official visit and to be able to visit the new Wembley.
"It will also be a great honour to attend the receptions at 11 Downing Street and the German Embassy and we are extremely grateful to Gordon Brown and to the German Ambassador."
FA Executive Director David Davies today paid tribute to the co-operation involved from all parties to organise this event: "Both German and English Football Associations have worked hard to help the Embassy organise this day.
"We are very happy that the players can return to Wembley and honoured that the Chancellor has found time to host the players at Downing Street during such a busy time of his year.
"This is not the first example of Anglo-German co-operation ahead of this year’s World Cup. Alltogethernow 2006 was launched last month by David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Sven-Goran Eriksson ahead of the Uruguay friendly at Anfield and aims to portray a positive image of England fans to people in Germany and around the world."