Robbie Keane, Rafael van der Vaart and Dimitar Berbatov among legends to play test event match at £1billion ground
Spurs must host two test events at their new stadium before it is awarded the safety certificates needed for use
Tottenham are closing in on the opening of their new stadium with the two required test events scheduled in for later this month.
The first takes place on March 24 and sees the club’s Under-18s take on Southampton, before Spurs Legends play Inter Forever at the £1billion ground six days later.
Both test events have to take place for the stadium to be awarded the safety certificates required for it to open for proper use.
And Tottenham have planned two events which are seeped in the club’s history, both recent and distant.
Ryan Mason, the former Spurs midfielder, will be in the dugout for the Under-18s match having been shadowing academy staff since retiring through injury last year.
There is no confirmation as to whether the 27-year-old will be involved in the legends match on March 30, though the roster is already filling up with famous faces from yesteryear.
Tottenham’s former captain and second-highest appearance maker Gary Mabbutt will be manager of a team which includes Robbie Keane, Rafael van der Vaart, Dimitar Berbatov, Allan Nielsen, David Howells, Stephen Carr, Darren Anderton and goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt.
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Keane, who spent two spells at Tottenham between 2002 and 2011, said: “It means such a lot to me to have the opportunity to play in this game.
“Spurs is obviously a club that I hold very close to my heart and I have so many great memories of playing for the Club over the years, but to see the new stadium and how good it looks, it’s going to be absolutely unbelievable to play inside it as one of the first players ever to do so. The stadium is incredible and I can’t wait to get out there and play in it.”
The Inter Forever team is made up of players formerly on the books of Internazionale of Milan, with the likes of Francesco Toldo, Dejan Stankovic and Javier Zanetti all previous representing the side since their formation in 2011.
Their squad for the visit to Tottenham’s new stadium will be confirmed in due course.