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Tuesday, 14 May, 2002, 22:05 GMT 23:05 UK
Goal feast at Le Tissier farewell
Le Tissier in action during his testimonial
Le Tissier in action during his testimonial
Southampton 9-9 England XI

Matthew Le Tissier has brought the curtain down on a 16-year career with Southampton.

A crowd of 31,904, the second biggest in Southampton's history, turned up at the St Mary's Stadium to honour Le Tissier along with a host of former England stars.

Ex-Southampton and England team-mate Alan Shearer, plus Ian Wright, Stuart Pearce and Peter Beardsley, were among the array of players who gathered to pay tribute to the Channel Islander.

I have had a fantastic night and the fans have given me a reception which I will remember for the rest of my life
Matthew Le Tissier
Le Tissier decided to call an end to his career with his only club after failing to recover from a series of injuries that has plagued him over the last two years.

But the midfielder, who scored 209 goals in 540 games for Saints, produced flashes of the brilliance that has earned him the nickname `Le God' on the south coast and earned a standing ovation when he scored in the 60th minute.

Le Tissier showed all his trademark coolness in front of goal to calmly finish in front of goal before scoring a late second.

Former England boss Kevin Keegan, who scored a late penalty, and former Saints boss Alan Ball made late appearances while Brett Ormerod, Ronnie Ekelund, Kevin Davies, Fabrice Fernandes and Karl Le Tissier, Matthew's brother, also scored for Southampton.

But Le Tissier, who was capped eight times by England, was in danger of being overshadowed by his 10-year-old son Mitchell at the end who scored four goals in as many minutes after coming on as a late substitute for the England XI.

BBC Five Live's Conor McNamara
"'Le God' has a special place in Saints fans' hearts"
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