Football40 squads take shape

The star-studded squads for the inaugural Football40 London Legends Cup are taking shape.

Hosted by West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday 30 May, the innovative eleven-a-side tournament will also involve Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur with each represented by former club legends.

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Played out over two semi-finals and a final, the London Legends Cup will feature three matches lasting 20 minutes each-way and rolling substitutions. This is seen as pivotal to producing top-quality football, with the former players able to operate in short bursts before getting a well-earned break.

No fewer than 23 former full internationals have agreed to take part, with 21 of them pulling their boots on, while ex-England midfielder Ray Wilkins and Ossie Ardiles, a 1978 FIFA World Cup winner with Argentina, will manage the Chelsea and Tottenham sides respectively.

One-time England midfielder Ray Parlour will be Arsenal's player-manager, while Tony Gale will take charge of the Hammers.

Gale has five former internationals to call upon in the shape of Northern Ireland goalkeeper Allen McKnight and midfielder Steve Lomas, Scotland defender Ray Stewart and midfielder Don Hutchison and England's Robert Lee.

Two-time Hammer of the Year Steve Potts, Kenny Brown, Scott Minto, Martin Allen, Alan Dickens, Danny Williamson, Geoff Pike, Mark Ward and Steve Jones have also agreed to take part.

Wilkins has arguably the strongest squad at his disposal, with six former internationals ready to pull on the Chelsea blue one more time.

Netherlands pair Ed De Goey and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be joined by England's Kerry Dixon, Denmark's Bjarne Goldbaek, Norway's Tore Andre Flo and Jamaica defender Frank Sinclair, who is still operating in the Blue Square Premier with Wrexham.

Chelsea's squad is completed by Andy Myers, Ken Monkou, Neil Clement, Graham Stuart, Nigel Spackman and Clive Walker.

Arsenal have five full internationals in their lineup, with Parlour being joined by England colleagues Nigel Winterburn and Paul Merson, as well as Northern Ireland's Steve Morrow and Wales midfielder Mickey Thomas.

Vince Bartam will keep goal, with Andy Linighan, David Hillier, Paul Davis, Perry Groves and Kevin Campbell also turning out for the Gunners.

Tottenham have four internationals in their squad in the shape of England duo Dave Beasant and Graham Roberts, Scotland defender Colin Calderwood and 1981 FA Cup final sensation Ricky Villa of Argentina.

Paul Miller, Micky Hazard, John Pratt, Steve Sedgley, Paul Allen, Garry Brooke and Mark Falco are also in the Lillywhites' squad.

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