OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - It is a long-standing rivalry, Pakistan and India will this summer lock horns on the football pitch for the first time in England and Scotland. Billed as the 'Clash of the Titans', the Asian sub-continent's most powerful sides will meet on September 3 at Derby's Pride Park and on September 9 in Glasgow, Scotland, according to information made available here on Saturday. The match has received backing from high profile members from the sports and entertainment world, including England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. "I am welcoming the India and Pakistan teams to the home of football," said Ferdinand. "This is a major breakthrough for both nations and I hope to see myself in India and Pakistan soon. "WBA and IBF light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan said the match took on great significance. Football is one of the most popular sports amongst the Asian community in Britain and this match will prove to be very successful because of that," said Amir Khan. "I'm sure these matches will also be very beneficial for relations between the two countries because sport plays an important role in helping to unify people. I'm very excited about these games because it's always thrilling to see two rivals go up against one another," added Amir Khan. The English FA has also backed this match to increase participation from the Asian community. "I am really pleased to support this match which opens doors for aspiring Asian footballers in England giving them sense of national pride," said FA spokesperson Jonathan Mills. President PFF Faisal Saleh Hayat said: "This match will definitely go a long way in promoting bilateral relations between the two countries. I wish everyone best of luck." President All India Football Federation (AIFF) Praful Patel said: "Playing Pakistan is always special. I'm sure all sporting fans are eagerly looking forward to it." "By touring in England, the home of football, these two nations will play on one of the worlds largest football stages and many young players will fulfil their lifelong dream of playing in England," said TouchSky Sports FIFA Match agent Clem Leech.