Glenn Hoddle: I Am Making a Comeback, but Don't Expect a Duet with Waddle

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Glenn Hoddle: I Am Making a Comeback, but Don't Expect a Duet with Waddle
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I am so excited at the prospect of seeing so many of Tottenham's greatest-ever legends on the field that I am seriously tempted to put my boots on for the first time in more than 20 years!

Yes, I might make a comeback. But don’t get too excited—it won’t be for a whole game.

In case you haven't heard, our Football Legends Elite 30 Cup event is happening on May 18 at Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road. There will be teams representing Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham and Spurs, and we have a host of star names to announce.

Paolo Di Canio will turn out again for the Hammers, Gianfranco Zola for the Blues, Teddy Sheringham, Darren Anderton and Chris Waddle for a super Spurs team, and Martin Keown and Niall Quinn for Arsenal, along with my old England team-mate Kenny Sansom.

It’s been quite a few years since I kicked a ball in anger, but you never know, I might be out there on May 18.

But I am sorry to disappoint that Hoddle and Waddle won’t be making a comeback in front of the mic. No matter how often I’m asked to re-release "Diamond Lights" with Chris, it ain’t going to happen—unless it's for Comic Relief.

I will, though, make an appearance in a Spurs shirt again—even if it's only to come on and take a free-kick or a corner.

I would love someone like Diego Maradona to do the same—come on to take a free-kick and go off again, then come back again when he feels up to it for a few minutes, as we have limitless roll-on, roll-off subs.

This is the way we get to see the very best players again, without forcing them to play for a full 90 minutes. I am director of football for the Legends event and it's great to see so many top players wanting to turn out.

We put on this Elite Legends Cup at Craven Cottage last year. Around 70 players turned up and all want to come back for more. The fans loved it, dads brought their sons to see the players they followed as kids and the quality of the competitive cup football was outstanding.

I am really excited that we are taking this to Orient, where we expect a full house of nearly 10,000.

Glenn Hoddle is technical director of Football 30, where 80 of the greatest legends from Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham will take part in the Elite Legends Cup at Brisbane Road, May 18. Paolo Di Canio, Teddy Sheringham, Gianfranco Zola and Martin Keown are among the multitude of top stars.

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