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Former Arsenal and Chelsea star added to Non-League Challenge legends squad

With just days to go until the MarathonBet Non-League Challenge match at Corby Town, former Chelsea, Arsenal and France defender William Gallas has been added to the Legends squad.

The thirty nine year old ended a glittering career in 2014 after a short spell with Australian club Perth Glory.gallas small

His Premier League career saw him win the title on two occasions during five-year stay at Chelsea and he won the Carling Cup with the Blues in 2004.

He moved across London to join Arsenal as part of the deal that took England defender Ashley Cole to Stamford Bridge.

After four seasons at the Emirates he left to join the Gunners' North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 2010, making him the first player to have made an appearance for Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs.

Gallas was part of the Spurs squad that performed admirably in the Champions League in 2010/11, helping them reach the Quarter Finals before a 5-0 aggregate defeat against Real Madrid ended their interest in the competition.

The Frenchman left White Hart Lane at the end of the 2012/13 season and joined A-League club Perth Glory, making fourteen appearances before ending his career.

His international career saw Gallas win eighty four caps for France, scoring five goals for Les Bleus.  He was also part of the France squad that won the Confederations Cup in 2003 with a 1-0 win against Cameroon in the Stade de France.

He will take his place in the legends dressing room alongside a number of former team mates from his career including former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell and former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen.

matt elliottGallas is joined in the Legends squad by former Leicester City and Scotland defender Matt Elliott.

Elliott's professional career began with Charlton Athletic before he had spells with Torquay United and Scunthorpe United.

However it was his time at Leicester City - then under the management of currently Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill - that saw him rise to prominance.

The commanding centre back was part of the Foxes squad that won the Worthington Cup in 2000.  Elliott scored both goals in the Final as his side saw off a determined challenge from Tranmere Rovers with a 2-1 win.

Always noted as a threat from set pieces, Elliott ended his career with over seventy goals from just under six hundred professional appearances.

His international career got underway in 1997, when his form for Leicester City earned him a call-up to the Scotland squad.

Over the next four years he won eighteen caps for the Tartan Army, scoring one goal against San Marino.

The current Legends squad for the Non-League Challenge match against Corby Town is:

Mark Crossley
Danny Mills
Sol Campbell
Christian Dailly
Alan Stubbs
Daniel Gabbidon
Stan Varga
William Gallas
Matt Elliott
Nigel Winterburn
Ian Harte
Stan Petrov
Darren Anderton
Ray Parlour
Chris Waddle
Trevor Sinclair
Dion Dublin
Kevin Davies
Eidur Gudjohnsen
Chris Sutton
Emile Heskey

Manager: Peter Reid

Tickets are still available from Corby Town for the game and more information can be found here

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily) Images: Reuters Media

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