Rotherham-born official handed showpiece...English referee Howard Webb will take charge of Sunday's World Cup 2010 final between Spain and the Netherlands, FIFA have announced.
Webb, 38, will form a team with assistants Darren Cann and Michael Mullarkey for the showpiece clash. After missing out on the quarter and semi-finals, the Rotherham-born official will become the first Englishman since Jack Taylor in 1974 to be handed the prestigious post.
The former police officer and his partners had been widely praised for their handling of the Brazil vs Chile second round and Slovakia vs Italy group stage matches. Webb also officiated Inter's Champions League final victory against Bayern Munich in May, despite experiencing criticism in some quarters for a sub-par domestic campaign.