ITV Sport has secured the rights to broadcast the Sir Bobby Robson Testimonial Match – England v Germany – in aid of the former England manager’s cancer charity, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The game, to be played at St. James’ Park, Newcastle, on 26th July will feature an England team against Germany. The teams will include players from Sir Bobby’s 1990 World Cup squad alongside celebrity players from music, television and film. Former Newcastle and England legend Paul Gascoigne is already confirmed to play for the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy alongside Peter Shilton and Les Ferdinand.

The game is being played to help raise money for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Sir Bobby has fought cancer five times and in March 2008 he set up his foundation. The charity focuses on the early detection and treatment of cancer and the clinical trials of new drugs that will eventually beat it.

ITV4 currently broadcasts top level football including the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League. Last year the channel broadcast the Legends series which saw former England players take on their Scottish, German and Irish counterparts, and it also showed the recent Hillsborough Memorial Match from Anfield, organised by Kenny Dalgleish.

Commenting on the game Sir Bobby says: “I’m thrilled at the prospect of re-uniting many of my 1990 England squad for this match in support of my charity. It will be a pleasure to see them together again and hopefully this time we’ll get the result we want against Germany!”

Emma Tennant, ITV Controller of Digital channels says: “ITV4 has recently broadcast some top quality competitive and testimonial / charity matches. Competing for the Sir Bobby Robson Trophy will bring together some fantastic players and I’m delighted that we’re bringing it to viewers.”

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