Join us in the 175 Suite at The Oval for a major football dinner and screening featuring England’s crucial, pivotal second group game against Denmark.
We are thrilled to welcome three legends of the game, former England striker Jermain Defoe whose career spanned an incredible four decades, twice European Footballer of the Year and England icon, Kevin Keegan, and supremely talented former Liverpool and England winger, John Barnes. Our guests will be previewing the match and England’s prospects in the tournament, as well as discussing their own stellar careers with our Sky Sports host, Pete Graves.
The event includes a delicious three course dinner, six hour complimentary bar, memorabilia auction and raffle, giant screen coverage of the big match and plenty of analysis and stories from our VIP guests. Internationally renowned soprano Emily Haig will sing the national anthem before kick-off!
England vs Denmark
For many pundits, England’s second group match against Denmark is the most intriguing of the group, with the Danes boasting some stellar names including Barcelona defender Andreas Christiansen, Premier League stars Christian Eriksen & Rasmus Højlund of Man Utd, Spurs midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and the Brentford connection of Matthias Jensen, Matthias Jorgensen, Christian Nørgaard & Mikkel Damsgaard. The Danes are sure to provide a stern test and Harry Kane’s men will need to be at their best against a highly experienced and dangerous opponent. The last meeting of the two sides at a major tournament was the Euro 2020 semi-final, with the Three Lions edging it 2-1 courtesy of a Kane strike in extra-time! This should be another thriller!
Lethal in the box and lightning quick, former England striker Jermain enjoyed one of the top flight’s longest professional careers spanning over 20 years. Having only recently retired in 2022 just six months short of his 40th birthday, Jermain started his career with West Ham way back in 1999, where he scored an impressive 41 goals in 105 appearances before beginning the first of two long spells with Spurs, where he remains the sixth highest goal-scorer in the club’s history. A fan favourite at every club he’s represented with other prolific spells at the likes of Sunderland, Portsmouth and Glasgow Rangers, his overall tally of 305 goals in 763 club appearances, with 57 England caps and 20 goals, evidences his international class quality as a striker. Whilst at Sunderland Jermain became close to a young Sunderland fan, Bradley Lowery, as the youngster fought with incredible bravery against terminal neuroblastoma in a story which captured the hearts of the nation. He is now a coach at Tottenham.
During his playing career, Kevin Keegan was one of the world’s best attacking midfielders, playing for the likes of Newcastle, Hamburg and the great Liverpool side of the Seventies. A prolific goal-scorer, Kevin terrorised defences with his extravagant skills and box-to-box engine and is the only English footballer to be crowned European Footballer of the Year twice. He also won the Ballon d’Or twice, in 1978 and 1979. In a glittering professional career Kevin scored an incredible 296 goals in 832 games in all, including 21 goals for England in 63 appearances. He made his name as a manager at Newcastle United and Fulham, before becoming boss of the England football team, successfully leading the side to the Euro 2000 Finals, following a poor start to the qualification campaign under Glenn Hoddle. A superb and hilarious speaker, Kevin’s limitless supply of anecdotes always has guests in stitches, and he remains one of the game’s most colourful and entertaining characters.
One of the most naturally gifted wingers in the history of English football, John’s early career was spent at Watford, under the watchful eye of managerial great Graham Taylor. He went on to become a legend at Vicarage Road, playing almost 300 games in all competitions, scoring 85 goals and becoming a regular England international. It was no surprise when Kenny Dalglish made Barnes his marquee signing at Anfield, John quickly became an integral part of the side; he was a key player in the team which won the 1987/88 title, playing 38 times and scoring 15 goals, with John winning both the Footballer of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year Awards. John went on to win the League title again in 1989/90, with other trophies including the FA Cup in the tragic Hillsborough year of 1989, and again in 1991. In total, he appeared 403 times for Liverpool in all competitions, scoring 106 goals. John also represented England for over a decade (79 caps/11 goals), playing in the 1986 and 1990 World Cup Finals, and the 1988 European Championships.
A passionate Newcastle United fan, Pete has enjoyed a swift rise through the broadcasting ranks to become one of the most recognisable faces on Sky Sports. Since 2009 he has worked at Sky Sports, mainly as a presenter, where his passion for football and knowledge of the game are amongst his greatest assets. Over the past few years Pete has become a great asset as a regular host of our events, and we are delighted to have him as always!
We are delighted to welcome one of the UK’s best vocalists to sing the National Anthem! Emily’s powerhouse soprano vocals, spellbinding and dramatic performance and stunning looks, ensure that she immediately commands the stage and engages with her audience. Emily has been chosen to perform the National Anthem many times at Wembley Stadium, at Silverstone Circuit and Twickenham Stadium, all of which were broadcast live to millions worldwide.
175 Suite at The Kia Oval
The new 175 Suite is within the Kia Oval’s recently opened Galadari Stand; situated on the second floor it offers a fantastic view of the famous Oval wicket and abundant natural daylight. Food and service are of the calibre you would expect from the premium facility at a world class stadium. Fully air-conditioned, the Suite has high ceiling so is perfect for a giant screen event, and with easy tube access from the Northern and Victoria Lines, this is the perfect setting for our event!