England's Howard Webb will referee Sunday's World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain at Johannesburg's Soccer City, FIFA said on Thursday.

The 39-year-old from Rotherham, in northern England, has been a FIFA-listed referee since 2005.

The former policeman regularly keeps law and order amongst the top stars of England's Premier League.

Top-notch official

Webb is widely-regarded as one of Europe's top referees and took charge of May's Champions League final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich in Madrid.

At the World Cup, he refereed Spain's 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in a group match and then oversaw Slovakia's stunning 3-2 victory over Italy which confirmed the defending champion's exit.

He was also the focus of film-makers when a Belgian documentary team recorded his movements at Euro 2008 for a film called The Referees.

Webb is the fourth English referee in the final, the first being George Reader in 1950 followed by William Ling four years later and John Taylor in 1974.

Mexico's Benito Archundia will take charge of Saturday's third-place play-off between Germany and Uruguay in Port Elizabeth. — AFP

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