England v Malta: How Wembley will pay tribute to Man Utd and Three Lions legend Sir Bobby Charlton
Gareth Southgate has also given his side a history lesson about the man dubbed the Three Lions' greatest ever player.
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The incredible life of Sir Bobby Charlton will be remembered ahead of England’s game against Malta at Wembley on Friday night.
Just a few days on from his funeral at Manchester Cathedral - which saw thousands line the streets and the great and the good of the game turn out for arguably the nation’s greatest ever player - Wembley will pay its own special tribute.
The first Three Lions game since the Manchester United and England legend’s death at the age of 86 last month will see a crowd mosaic unveiled. There will also be a video played to the crowd and those watching at home. The crowd will be asked to join a period of applause and the players will wear black armbands.
Gareth Southgate has even revealed that he has played the squad footage of Charlton in action ahead of the game.
“A big part of what we’ve wanted to do with our players is to talk about our identity as a team,” said the England boss, who attended Charlton’s funeral along with Prince William and a host of United legends.
“Part of that is knowing the history of our team and having an understanding of how special some of the players that have been England internationals before are. We’ve had the chance to do that this week. We showed some footage of Sir Bobby to the players, the first day we arrived.
“There were lots of messages within that for all of the players but, most importantly, an incredible player, an incredible man.”