David Beckham will play alongside former England teammates Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher next month in a exhibition match between Manchester United anda team of European stars.

The March 13 game at Old Trafford is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which set up the European Union, and 50 years of European soccer at Manchester United.

The European team is made up of players selected by Italy's World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi.

Beckham, Gerrard and Carragher have all been selected for Lippi's lineup and the former England captain, who has been dropped by national team coach Steve McClaren, will be returning to the ground where he had 11 successful seasons with Manchester United.

"I'm happy to know I'm going back to play on March 13," said Beckham, who currently plays in Spain for Real Madrid.

"It will be something special to go back to Old Trafford and I'm really looking forward to it."

Last month, Beckham signed a lucrative five-year contract to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS.

The move raised the ire of Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello, who proclaimed Beckham wouldn't see the pitch for his team again.

But after six games, Capello relented. Beckham returned to the Madrid lineup Saturday and scored in a 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad.