The world’s biggest celebrity football match will return this summer as Soccer Aid for UNICEF heads for the London Stadium.
A number of ex-professional footballers, A-List celebrities, and other household names will take to the pitch to show off their abilities on the ball and most importantly, raise money for some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.
Some familiar faces will be returning for the game but there will also be some debutants taking to the turf for the 11th instalment of the charity match.
After being established by Robbie Williams in 2006, Soccer Aid for UNICEF has featured some of the world’s biggest names who have all come together for one important cause.
England will take on the World XI in an 11-a-side match at West Ham United’s ground, and here are the celebs who have been announced so far.
Making his Soccer Aid for UNICEF debut as England captain will be singer-songwriter Liam Payne, accompanied by former England internationals Jamie Carragher, Joe Cole, Gary Neville, and Fara Williams.
Actor Lucien Laviscount of Emily in Paris will join the squad, as well as musician Tom Grennan, presenter and social media creator Chunkz, and comedian Alex Brooker, who will be the first ever physically disabled participant.
England will be spearheaded by manager Harry Redknapp, and David Seaman will be the goalkeeper coach.
The home side will face Arsène Wenger’s World XI, captained by returning skipper Usain Bolt. The eight-time Olympic gold medallist led his side to victory in 2021 and will be looking to edge the team ahead in terms of overall wins.
As it stands, England and the World XI are tied on five wins a-piece, meaning this year’s match will see one team take the lead.
Bolt will be joined by Line of Duty’s Martin Compston, comedian Mo Gilligan, former football pros Patrice Evra and Robbie Keane, and presenter and singer-songwriter Chelcee Grimes, who also plays for Merseyrail Ladies.
England legend and television presenter Alex Scott will return as a pitch-side reporter. The live show will be hosted by Dermot O’Leary, with Maya Jama also making her return as a studio pundit.
England team announced so far: Harry Redknapp (Manager), Liam Payne (Captain), Lucien Laviscount, Tom Grennan, Chunkz, Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Fara Williams, Joe Cole, Alex Brooker, David Seaman (Goalkeeper Coach).
World XI announced so far: Arsene Wenger (Manager), Usain Bolt (Captain) Martin Compston, Mo Gilligan, Chelcee Grimes, Patrice Evra, Robbie Keane.
Soccer Aid for UNICEF will be free to watch for UK viewers live on ITV.
Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2022 takes place on Sunday 12th June at the London Stadium. A family of four can attend the game for just £60 – buy your tickets at socceraid.org.uk/tickets