A man boasting no less than 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two Champions League crowns and two League Cups has just added his name to November's Battle of Europe in Singapore...
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He’s one of the most decorated footballers in the history of the sport, he’s a Manchester United legend and now, he’s going to pull the boots back on at Singapore’s National Stadium.
His name is Paul Scholes.
The red-headed superstar, who came out of retirement in 2012 and barely skipped a beat in helping his beloved Red Devils to a 20th Premier League title, will be part of the England Masters squad to take on Germany in November’s Battle of Europe.
The event already boasts names the calibre of World Cup participants Emile Heskey, Teddy Sheringham, Didi Hamann and Steve McManaman, plus World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthaus.
But Scholes’ confirmation adds an extra layer of interest and will ignite the passion of Singapore’s enormous stable of United supporters.
“Matches against Germany are always memorable and the Battle of Europe is no different,” Scholes said.
“I’ve always enjoyed my trips to Singapore and it will be extra special for me this November and I am looking forward to playing alongside my teammates in a couple of months.”
Scholes, who turns 42 four days after the match, will likely be the key midfield general for the England line-up at the Sports Hub.
He could well come face to face with Hamann, two fierce competitors from the German’s time with United’s great rival Liverpool.
[Scholes] played with the team in Hong Kong last year and drilled one into the back of the net. Retirement hasn’t slowed him down one bit
David James, Danny Murphy, Darius Vassell and Paul Parker are also among those confirmed for the England side, with Karl Heinze Riedle, Jens Nowotny and Guido Buchwald set to line-up for the German outfit.
But it's Scholes that could be the "game-changer", according to Masters Football Asia chief executive Steve Black.
“We’ve very excited that Scholes is joining us for the Battle Of Europe in Singapore this year,” Black said. “He played with the team in Hong Kong last year and drilled one into the back of the net.
“He’s still a game-changer and retirement hasn’t slowed him down one bit.”
Organisers have released 25,000 tickets, which start from $19. Family packages (two adults and two children below the age of 12) and VIP Packages are also available at $100 and $200 respectively.