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Soccer Aid 2021 confirmed lineups as England take on the Rest of the World


Soccer Aid has returned for 2021, and England and the World XI have announced the lineups for the annual charity football match.

The star-studded squads will play a 90-minute match to raise money for UNICEF, with legends like Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Paul Scholes, Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo and Patrice Evra all taking part alongside a host of celebrities.

Other sporting icons such as Usain Bolt and Mo Farah will be taking part as the Etihad Stadium, home of Premier League champions Manchester City, hosts the match.

This year, England will be managed by former national team boss Sven Göoan Eriksson.

Ex-Three Lions internationals David Seaman and Micah Richards will also be helping out, as well as co-founder and pop star Robbie Williams.



Mark Wright, Mo Farah and Jamie Carragher will be part of England’s team




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The World XI are being coached by Harry Redknapp, assisted by Robbie Keane and Judy Murray, ensuring the ROW are well-drilled.

Soccer Aid has raised over £47million in its 15 years since 2006.

England squad

Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Joe Cole, Gary Neville, Jamie Redknapp, Fara Williams, Kelly Smith, David James, Jamie Carragher, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Olly Murs, James Arthur, Paddy McGuinness, Chunkz, Mark Wright, Liv Cooke, Aitch, Max Whitlock, Joel Dommett, Mo Farah, Lee Mack, James Bay, Harriet Pavlou

World XI squad

Roberto Carlos, Patrice Evra, Nigel De Jong, Pablo Zabaleta, Shay Given, Darren Fletcher, Julie Fleeting, Clarence Seedorf, Ingrid Moe Wold, Wes Morgan, Usain Bolt, Kem Cetinay, Tom Grennan, Ore Oduba, Roman Kemp, Martin Compston, Dermot Kennedy, Yungblud, Chelcee Grimes, Big Zuu, Lee Mack



Harry Redknapp is taking charge of the World XI
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England lineup: James; Bay, Neville, Carragher, Wright; Murs, Scholes, Rooney, Pavlou; Arthur, Wright-Phillips

Subs: Williams, Farah, Dommett, Aitch, Chunkz, J. Cole, Whitlock, J Redknapp, Smith

World XI lineup: Given; Yungblud, Kennedy, Zabaleta, Grennan; Seedorf, Evra, Carlos; Big Zuu, Bolt, Fleeting

Subs: De Jong, Fletcher, Morgan, Moe Wold, Cetinay, Oduba, Grimes, Compston, Keane, Mack

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville will take part for the first time and revealed his reason for signing up.

“This is all about raising money for UNICEF, let’s be really clear!









“There is no other good bit of Gary Neville playing football. If you watched me play, it was a struggle at the age of 36 and I’m now 46!

“I have done it a couple of times over the last ten years and it’s always for causes like this,” Neville said.

“It’s the 10th year of Soccer Aid and partnership with UNICEF who do incredible work, much-needed work that isn’t delivered by a government, it’s delivered by this amazing charity.

“I’ve always watched it but never thought I wanted to play in it. I finally got persuaded because it meant I could play in a team with Rooney and Scholes again and this hopefully means I’m on the winning team.







He added: “The last time I played at the Etihad was the day I kissed Paul Scholes. I’m not sure that was a good experience or a bad experience.

“That was one of my last games for the club. I probably only played about four or five matches after that for the club.

“Scoring in the last few minutes, Patrice [Evra] crosses it, Scholes heads it in and I go running off down the touchline, so that’s my lasting memory.

“I’ve had some bad ones since, I was in the ground when [Sergio] Aguero scored the last-minute goal to win the league for City, which was just desperate.”

  • Find out more about how Soccer for Unicef defends play for every child at www.socceraid.org.uk
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