Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is England’s assistant manager for this year’s Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford. Here’s some of the players who could be in his team.
1) Jonathan Wilkes
Wilkes, alongside Robbie Williams, created Soccer Aid 10 years ago and have seen more than £17milllion already raised for Unicef over that time. On the pitch, Wilkes has played in every Soccer Aid match since 2006, and captained England to a 3-1 win against the Rest of the World in 2012.
2) Louis Tomlinson
While One Direction take a break from music, Tomlinson is currently on the books at Doncaster Rovers, and made his debut in a reserve team game in front of 4,000 people against Rotherham in 2014. This year will be the first Soccer Aid Tomlinson will take part in. He said: “I am really excited to play in this year’s Soccer Aid event. Unicef as a charity, and its workers, continue to amaze me and helping even in this small way is a privilege.”
3) Olly Murs
The Troublemaker singer will be making his fourth Soccer Aid appearance this year after pulling n an England shirt in 2010, 2012 and 2014. A Manchester United fan himself, Murs scored a penalty in the 7-6 shootout defeat in 2010.
4) Mark Wright
A keen footballer and former reality star of The Only Way is Essex, Wright was once a semi-professional and enjoyed a youth career at West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham. His brother, Josh, is a first-team regular at Gillingham, and Mark is often seen getting his boots on too for charity matches. This year will be his first Soccer Aid.
5) Marvin Humes
Having played in the last two Soccer Aid matches at Old Trafford, pop star and presenter Humes makes a return for Jose Mourinho’s side this year. He played 87 minutes during the last game in 2014, playing against Westlife’s Nicky Byrne and Dutch star Clarence Seedorf in the 42 defeat.
6) Paddy McGuinness
Similar to Murs, comedian and Take Me Out host McGuinness will be making his fourth England appearance in the charity match, having appeared in each of the last three games since 2010. He missed England’s third penalty in the 2010 shootout defeat, blazing over the bar from 12 yards against fellow comedian Patrick Kielty.
7) Ben Shephard
The presenter will be taking time off from presenting Good Morning Britain, Tipping Point and occasional guest slots on This Morning to take part in the match. Another Soccer Aid regular, Shephard has been an ever-present in the England side, starting in every match so far.
8) Jack Whitehall
The comedian has become wellknown for his roles in Fresh Meat, Bad Education and most of all, A League of their Own, alongside former Soccer Aid man Jamie Redknapp. He will be making his second Soccer Aid appearance after coming on as a half-time substitute in 2014.
9) John Bishop
The Liverpool funnyman will be making the short journey to Manchester for his third Soccer Aid match against the Rest of the World. A regular charity ambassador, Bishop has raised millions of pounds for a range of charities, including raising £1.6million for Sport Relief in 2012 after a 290-mile triathlon challenge over seven days.