Page last updated at 15:52 GMT, Thursday, 21 May 2009 16:52 UK

Second chance for injured player

Sir Bobby Robson
The match will raise money for Sir Bobby's cancer charity

A member of the England squad who was forced to sit out the 1990 World Cup semi-final due to injury is to be given a second chance to take on Germany.

County Durham-born Sir Bobby Robson is reuniting players for a one-off match to raise money for his cancer charity.

Midfielder Steve Hodge is the latest player to sign up for the event at St James' Park on 26 July.

He said he wanted to show his support for the former England manager, who is battling cancer for the fifth time.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has raised more than £1m for a new cancer research centre at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

Steve Hodge was the only outfield player who did not kick a ball at Italia 90 and Sir Bobby has promised that 19 years on "Hodgey" will play.

He said: "It was a huge blow when he was injured.

"We were left one short in the squad and Steve was forced to watch the tournament from the sidelines which was very hard on him."

Steve Hodge added: "Obviously 1990 didn't happen for me and it would be nice to be involved at some stage this time around and show my support for Sir Bobby."



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