Gabbs and Greeny united

Robert Green and Danny Gabbidon may well be on opposite sides when England travel to Wales on Saturday afternoon but they are also united in a common cause.

The club-mates met a trio of serving Royal Navy officers at the start of their Wembley to Cardiff charity walk over the last week - in aid of Help for Heroes.

Petty officers Andy Gibbs and Robert Brown committed to walking 168 miles, accompanied by support driver, warrant officer Dave Chandler, in good time for the Wales-England UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier taking place at the Millennium Stadium - a good job, considering they will be bringing with them the matchball.

Gabbidon said: "They are doing a great thing - we wish them luck and it will be good to see the ball back at the Millennium Stadium when the guys finish their walk at the match."

The trio first collected the ball from the Welsh Football Association and national-team manager Gary Speed back in January. Once they make it to the Millennium, they will stride on to the pitch to hand it over to the referee.

All proceeds will go towards the Help for Heroes appeal, with the Wembley to Cardiff walk listed on their website at :

Green added: "The Help for Heroes charity is one of two charities the England Footballers Foundation are supporting, along with Cancer Research. We as a club also support causes such as these and we hope that everyone puts their backing behind the officers as they look to raise as much money as they can."