It’s not often you see Jose Mourinho dusting off his football boots to actually play in a game.
However, the Manchester United manager will be doing just that on Saturday afternoon after becoming the most recent addition to the squads for the Game4Grenfell charity match.
The Red Devils boss has joined a host of big names to be playing in the match at Loftus Road in aid of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.
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Mourinho will be playing for Alan Shearer’s side against a squad coached by Les Ferdinand, 30 years after he hung up his playing boots, against a squad containing the likes of Peter Crouch, Shay Given, Damien Duff and Paul Merson.
The Portuguese gaffer’s playing career was modest at best, playing in the Portuguese Second Division for the likes of Rio Ave, Belenenses and G.D. Sesimbra.
Since then he has cut his teeth as one of the world’s most successful coaches, so returning to the pitch as a player will be something of a rarity for fans to see.
The full squads are as follows:
Team Ferdinand: Iain Glen, Jack Whitehall, James Bay, Marc Bircham, Marcus Mumford (captain), Mo Farah, Olly Murs, Paul Merson, Peter Crouch, Serge Pizzorno, Shay Given, Stan Collymore, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Andrew Impey, Ben Shepherd, Chris ‘Woody’ Wood, Chris Edwards, Clint Hill, Clive Wilson, Damien Duff, Damian Lewis, Danny Gabbidon, David Seaman, DJ Spoony.
Team Shearer: Ally McCoist, Andy Sinton, Ben Cohen, Chris Sutton, Danny Jones, Darren Campbell, Dave, David James, Des Walker, Ed Westwick, Jamie Dornan, Jamie Redknapp, Jarvis Cocker, Jody Morris, Kevin Gallen, Lee Mack, Paul Bullion, Ralf Little, Richard Ashcroft, Russell Howard, Steve Mackey, Tamer Hassan, Trevor Sinclair (captain)
The game kicks off at 3pm tomorrow and will take place at QPR’s home ground, Loftus Road.
Sky 1 will broadcast the match live, with coverage beginning at 2pm. You can buy tickets directly through QPR’s official site, with tickets costing £15 for adults and £5 for children.
Donations can be made through Game4Grenfell’s fundraising page via Virgin Money Giving.
All donations made through this website will be passed directly to the London Community Foundation.
Go on, it’s probably worth a few quid to see Jose donning the boots again.
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