The singer, who left the band in 1995, is set to reunite with the band for one year to record a new album set for release in November.
The record has been produced by Madonna collaborator and former Les Rhythm Digitals member Stuart Price.
“Getting the five of us to be in a room together, although always a dream, never actually seemed like becoming a reality,” said Mark Owen of the reunion which took place in New York last September. “Now the reality of the five of us making a record together feels like a dream. It’s been an absolute delight spending time with Rob again. But I’m still a better footballer.”
Robbie Williams added: “I get embarrassingly excited when the five of us are in a room. It feels like coming home.”
Williams recently reunited with the band for Simon Cowell’s Haiti single, a cover of R.E.M‘s ‘Everybody Hurts’, and has hinted at new studio sessions numerous times.