Soccer Aid: New England captain reveals Arsene Wenger will manage World XI


The world’s biggest celebrity soccer match returns this summer when Soccer Aid for UNICEF heads to London Stadium.

A host of former professional soccer players, A-List celebrities and other household names will take to the field to show off their ball skills and most importantly, raise money for some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.

Some familiar faces will return for this match, but there will also be some debutants taking to the pitch for the 11th charity match.

Founded by Robbie Williams in 2006, Soccer Aid for UNICEF has featured some of the world’s biggest names all united for one important goal.

England will face the World XI in an 11-on-one match at home to West Ham United, and here are the celebs that have been announced so far.

Making his Soccer Aid debut for UNICEF as England captain will be singer-songwriter Liam Payne, joined by former England internationals Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Fara Williams.

Actors Lucien Laviscount and Joe Cole — Emily in Paris and Peaky Blinders respectively — will join the squad, as will musician Tom Grennan, presenter and social media creator Chunkz, and comedian Alex Brooker, who will be the first physically disabled participants.

England will be spearheaded by manager Harry Redknapp, and David Seaman will be the goalkeeping coach.

The home side will face Arsene Wenger’s World XI, captained by return captain Usain Bolt. The eight-time Olympic gold medalist led his team to victory in 2021 and will seek to lead the team in terms of overall wins.

As it stands, England and the World XI are tied at five wins apiece, meaning this year’s game will see one team take the lead.

Bolt will be joined by Line of Duty’s Martin Compston, comedian Mo Gilligan, former soccer players 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 fieldside reporter. Live shows will be hosted by Dermot O’Leary, with Maya Jama also returning as a studio expert.

Team England 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).

Soccer Aid for UNICEF will be free for UK viewers to watch live on ITV.