Van der Sar to come out of retirement

Edwin van der Sar

Edwin van der Sar saved the final penalty in the 2008 Champions League final shootout win over Chelsea

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is coming out retirement at the age of 45 to play for a Dutch amateur team.

Van der Sar answered an SOS after VV Noordwijk – his first senior club – were left without cover when their keeper picked up an injury.

“We are thrilled that Edwin wants to help,” Noordwijk director Peter Vink told Voetbal in de Bollenstreek.

“After deliberation he agreed to keep goal next Saturday against Jodan Boys.”

He added: “We assume that it is basically only for one game.”

Van der Sar spent five years at VV Noordwijk before joining Ajax, aged 20. He won four Dutch league titles and a Champions League title with the Amsterdam club.

He earned a record 130 caps for the Netherlands and collected four Premier League crowns and another Champions League title at United, before retiring in 2011.

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