England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will head the international guest list for George Best's funeral in Belfast tomorrow.
But Sir Elton, a lifelong friend, is not expected to attend the service at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, although, The Times has pointed out, he did send a wreath.
And United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is flying in on a private jet with a party of eight, which includes chief executive David Gill.
Best's son Callum will be among those paying personal tribute in a ceremony at the Great Hall, where the soccer star's body will be taken following a private service at the family home on the Cregagh estate, east Belfast.
Police have made preparations to cope with up to half a million people lining the three-mile route, although the crowd inside the Stormont estate will be restricted to just over 30,000 because of health and safety fears.