Soccer Aid 2021 will take place this weekend at the Etihad Stadium with Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes among the former pros representing England as they aim to beat the Rest of the World
Soccer Aid will take place for the fourth straight year this weekend when England faces the Rest of the World.
The contest which pits former professionals against celebrities has become an increasingly popular event.
Last year the Rest of the World claimed victory after a tense penalty shootout.
Soccer Aid continues to do excellent work in raising money for Unicef, collecting over £47m since it began in 2006 with a record-breaking £9.3m raised in the 2020 edition.
Wayne Rooney is set to take centre stage on the pitch and has said: “Pulling on an England shirt is always special, so I’m absolutely delighted to be doing that again in Soccer Aid for UNICEF this September.”
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When is Soccer Aid 2021?
Soccer Aid 2021 will take place on September 4.
The contest will be played on a Saturday for the first time, reverting away from its usual Sunday slot.
The game will kick-off at 7.30pm at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.
How can I watch Soccer Aid 2021?
The annual contest will be shown live on ITV1.
It means it will be available to stream via the ITV Hub on phones, tablets and laptops.
Coverage of the event begins at 6.30pm with Alex Scott and Dermot O’Leary presenting.
Who is playing in Soccer Aid 2021?
As usual, a classic mix of former players and celebrities will team up with Rooney coming out of retirement.
The now Derby boss led England in Soccer Aid last year, but will now take to the pitch.
Former Manchester United duo Gary Neville and Paul Scholes will also feature, as will the fastest man in history, Usain Bolt.
Kelly Smith, Roberto Carlos, Patrice Evra, David James, Ashley Cole, Emile Heskey and Jamie Redknapp have also been confirmed to play.
1999 Ballon d’Or winner Rivaldo will also play for the Rest of the World XI, who will be coached by Harry Redknapp.
Singers James Arthur and Olly Murs will both be among the celebrities taking part.
Mark Wright, Paddy McGuinness and Roman Kemp are also going to test their footballing skills.
Tom Grennan, Ore Oduba, Kem Cetinay, Liv Cooke and Chunkz will also feature.
Ex-Man Utd star Neville said: “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 10 years and it’s always for causes like this.
“The work UNICEF does around the world is off the scale. It was one of the great partners of Manchester United when I was there, we used to have a dinner every single year.
“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.
“And that is a huge positive that makes it worthwhile for me to come and play. The work that has been done over the years with Soccer Aid and UNICEF is fantastic.
“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.”