David James believes fans will see plenty of skill and flair on show when the first Star Sixes tournament kicks off at The O2 this summer.
Former England goalkeeper James will be back playing for his country seven years after his last outing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Overall, the former Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City, West Ham, Watford and Portsmouth stopper made 53 international appearances for England and can’t wait for his return to action in this new and exciting six-a-side tournament, which takes place from 13 to 16 July.
“Having played for 26 years as a pro, I still kind of wake up each morning and think ‘can I still do this, can I still do that?’,” said James, an FA Cup winner with Pompey.
“When I was asked if I would be interested in getting involved in Star Sixes my immediate answer was ‘yes’.
“This will be a different challenge, but pulling on an England shirt again will be fantastic, and an honour. We’ll be trying to beat other international teams and players who want to win as well.”
James is part of an England team featuring Premier League legends Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen and Emile Heskey, with other big names still to be announced, and is confident they will taste glory.
They will be up against 11 other nation teams, and a host of world idols, fighting for the inaugural Star Sixes title.
International icons including Roberto Carlos, Michael Ballack, Robert Pirès, Deco, Jay-Jay Okocha and Carles Puyol will be representing their countries in what promises to be an epic four-day competition.
“With it being a six-a-side, smaller pitch format, it will give footballers who have stopped playing professionally an opportunity to show their skills, which I know is in abundance. It’s in a competitive environment with a purpose: to try and win a competition.
“We’ve got a good group and we’ll be adding to it. The banter has already started, which is something you miss when you’re not playing.
“There’s a good spirit among the players and there’s also a lot of talent. I’m confident we’re going to win.”
England will be one of 12 nations competing at the four-day Star Sixes tournament at the O2 arena in London from 13 to 16 July 2017.