Matthaus: I hope to pick 18 great names for the German Masters
Germany's most capped player is tasked with forming the Germany Legends that take on the England Legends in Singapore in November, and he is hoping to name his squad soon.
The former Bayern Munich midfielder admitted it will be tough to nail down a final team, but he is confident a strong line-up will feature in the city state.
So far, Dietmar Hamann has been confirmed alongside him for the showpiece event, and they will have a fearsome task stopping the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Emile Heskey, Steve McManaman and Darren Anderton.
"I am in contact with organisation and I will build a team in the next 10 to 14 days," Matthaus told reporters at a Bundesliga event.
"It's not confirmed because it's a short time (before the tournament), many of the legends have a job or they are planning a family holiday then.
"I have to contact around 30 (former players) and I hope we can find 18 great names who present the German Legends in Singapore."
England and Germany have enjoyed their fair share of rivalry, with the most recent coming in the 2010 World Cup.
Then, Frank Lampard's effort had cannoned off the bar and appeared to cross the line but the referee and linesman did not award the goal to England, who were trailing 2-1 to Germany. England went go on to lose 4-1.
Nevertheless, Matthaus is confident that both sides will show each other due respect in the mouth-watering clash.
"It's nice, we know each other from many games from the years before, we see each other when it's a big game or tournament like the Euros 2016 in France. It's always nice to see each," he said.
"We write history for football and this is nice and there's alot of respect when we see each other."
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