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World Cup winner and three iconic Canaries strikers added to legends line-up

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:48 22 March 2018

Marco Materazzi, pictured with the World Cup trophy in 2006, is heading to Carrow Road. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

Marco Materazzi, pictured with the World Cup trophy in 2006, is heading to Carrow Road. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

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Three legendary strikers and a World Cup winner have been added to next year’s legends game between Norwich City and Inter Milan.

Chris Sutton in Uefa Cup action against Bayern Munich in 1993. Picture: Archant library Chris Sutton in Uefa Cup action against Bayern Munich in 1993. Picture: Archant library

The fund-raising exhibition match at Carrow Road will mark 25 years since the Canaries’ famous Uefa Cup run of 1993 and raise money for the Community Sports Foundation (CSF), in aid of the charity’s new facility, The Nest.

Another of the players to play in that European run, Chris Sutton, has been added to the City team alongside iconic front men Grant Holt and Iwan Roberts – with the trio having 200 Canaries goals between them.

They will join up with fellow Canaries legends Bryan Gunn, Adam Drury and Darren Huckerby in the home dressing room on Sunday, May 20, when Inter Forever will arrive with some high calibre talent.

MORE: Norwich City and Inter Milan legends to meet in prestige Uefa Cup anniversary match

Iwan Roberts
 scored 96 goals for Norwich City between 1997 and 2004. Photo: Bill Smith Iwan Roberts scored 96 goals for Norwich City between 1997 and 2004. Photo: Bill Smith

World Cup winner Marco Materazzi has been added to the Inter squad for the game, which already includes fellow legends Francesco Toldo, Javier Zanetti and Nicola Berti.

The defender was a key part of Italy’s 2006 World Cup triumph, scoring the equalising goal for the Azzurri in the final against France in Berlin and scoring one of the penalties as victory was sealed in a 5-3 shoot-out success.

He was also involved in one of the most memorable World Cup final moments, as he was the victim of Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt during extra-time which sent shockwaves around the football world. Now aged 44, Materazzi won five Serie A titles and the 2010 Champions League with the Milan giants.

MORE: The confirmed former Inter Milan stars who will take on Norwich legends in Carrow Road fund-raiser

Grant Holt: led Norwich City from league One to the Premier League, scoring 78 goals in four seasons. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Grant Holt: led Norwich City from league One to the Premier League, scoring 78 goals in four seasons. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Proceeds from the match (2pm kick-off), supported by City’s community partner Aviva, will go towards the development of The Nest, on the former Anglian Windows site off Holt Road, near Norwich Airport – named after the club’s former home.

The facility will feature seven outdoor football pitches, a clubhouse, and spectator facilities and is set to benefit around 10,000 people in Norfolk every year.

For more details about the new CSF facility, go to TheNest.org.uk.

• Tickets are £9.93 for adults and £1.93 for under-18s, with hospitality packages available. Tickets are available online at tickets.canaries.co.uk, by phone on 0844 826 1902 or from the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Castle Mall or Chapelfield.

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