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Maradona ready to repeat World Cup heroics - at Villa Park

Diego Maradona will lead Argentina in a replay of the 1986 World Cup quarter-final against England at Villa Park next month.

Maradona, whose 'Hand of God' goal and brilliant individual effort minutes later helped the South Americans to a 2-1 win in Mexico en route to winning the tournament, is set to play in the match which will feature the original line-ups from 21 years ago.

The game will be played on Sunday October 14, kicking off at 4pm.

Maradona said: "It's a game I still treasure to this day. For the rest of the team and me it was very special and was a great victory on the way to winning the World Cup.

"Everyone talks about the 'Hand of God' from this match, it was a bit of mischief, the goalkeeper had the advantage of grabbing with his hands. It was too high for me and I stuck out my fist.

"After the goal, I was waiting for my team-mates to embrace me and no one came. I told them, come hug me or the referee isn't going to allow it. This time when we will come to England there will be no mischief, only great goals. For us this is very serious, we are coming to win."

Former England midfielder Peter Reid, one of the players left trailing in Maradona's wake for the second Argentina goal, said: "It's one of those games that's talked about so much and meant so much that it's impossible to forget how devastating it was to lose and to lose to one absolutely amazing goal but also to one which was, let's say, a little dubious!

"This is our chance to show what we can do and get a little bit of revenge. They've said they're coming to play and that's fine by us, we're going out to win - no question."

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