Nostalgia was relived, redefined as the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville , Ryan Giggs, Micheal Owen and Sir Alex Ferguson once again made their way out to Old Trafford, probably for the last time. Old form and flashes of David Beckham, Neville, Paul Scholes was at its scintillating best. David Beckham’s whipping cross to Paul Scholes – legendary to say the least.
The Great Britain and Ireland squad looked like- David Beckham (captain), David Seaman, David James, Jamie Carragher, Sol Campbell, Phil Neville, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Darren Fletcher, Nicky Butt, Trevor Sinclair, Paul Scholes, Gary McAllister, Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen, Peter Crouch, Alan Smith.
The Rest of the World squad was : Edwin van der Sar, Raimond van der Gouw, Cafu, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Couto, Mikael Silvestre, Luis Figo, Robert Pires, Christian Karembeu, Ji-sung Park, Clarence Seedorf, Michael Ballack, Ronaldinho, Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Patrick Kluivert, Landon Donovan.
In front of 75,381 strong crowd Beckham, Scholes outperformed Ronaldinho and Luis Figo. From Beck’s perfect cross Scholes scored the opener, then after another whipping cross from Beckham, Scholes assisted to Owen to score the second. Owen struck again to seal the match, though the third goal was a gift from the goalie Raimond.
Chelsea superstar John Terry and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher played as centre-halves for Britain. Carra received a lot of boos.