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Olympic champions, award-winning actors, chart-topping musicians and social media sensations will all be helping Soccer Aid raise millions for charity when they form two football squads for a game at Old Trafford on Sunday.

There are plenty of former footballers familiar with Manchester United’s home, too: former Three Lions stars Jack Wilshere, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt are among the male outfield players, while Eni Aluko, Karen Carney, Jill Scott and Emma Hayes are legends of the English women’s game.

Scott and 100m world record holder Usain Bolt are the team captains, with incoming Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino leading one of the coaching teams.

What’s Soccer Aid all about and who’s going to be taking part this year? Here are the names you can expect to see involved.

MORE: When is Soccer Aid 2023?

What is Soccer Aid?

Co-founded by pop star and Port Vale fan Robbie Williams in 2006, Soccer Aid centres on a football match inviting two squads of household names to face each other in a match.

The game usually takes place at Manchester United’s home but has also been held at Wembley Stadium, Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium and West Ham United’s London Stadium.

It took place every two years until 2018, when its enduring success saw it become an annual event, making even more money for its important cause.

Soccer Aid is held for UNICEF, which protects and supports children around the world. Organisers say the game has raised more than £75 million ($94.3m) for the charity, as well as raising awareness with the help of high-profile names calling on the public to donate.

On the pitch, the Rest of the World team has won six times to the England team’s five victories. An array of stars have taken part over the years, with Williams initially captaining the hosts against rival skipper Gordon Ramsay, the chef known for his hit TV series.

Soccer Aid 2023 England squad 

Fresh from helping the Lionesses lift the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 title on home soil before retiring from football last summer, Scott leads a squad containing rapper and actor Bugzy Malone, former One Direction singer Liam Payne and a coaching group featuring Hayes and former Tottenham and West Ham manager Harry Redknapp.

Bugzy Malone — real name Aaron Davies — has said he is “going to smash it” while urging the sell-out crowd to support his team.

“This might be a football match on the day,” he added. “But the legacy we are creating for the world’s children is so much deeper. It’s massive.”

  • Jill Scott
  • Paddy McGuinness
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Karen Carney
  • Gary Cahill
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Bugzy Malone
  • Tom Grennan
  • Sir Mo Farah
  • Alex Brooker
  • Gary Neville
  • Paul Scholes
  • Chunkz
  • Joel Corry
  • Eni Aluko
  • David James
  • Scarlette Douglas
  • Nicky Butt
  • Liam Payne
  • Danny Dyer
  • Asa Butterfield
  • Tom Hiddleston

MORE: Soccer Aid 2023 live stream, TV details

England management and coaches

  • Stormzy
  • Emma Hayes
  • Vicky McClure
  • Harry Redknapp
  • David Seaman

Soccer Aid 2023 Rest of World squad

Social media star Noah Beck’s vast online following makes the 22-year-old American arguably the best-known player among the glittering cast of the Rest of the World squad, but his fans might not be as aware of his background as a college footballer in 2019 for the Portland Pilots.

Mancunian Tommy Fury is the half-brother of heavyweight boxing world champion Tyson Fury and is used to taking part in celebrity-driven contests, having beaten YouTuber-turned-pugilist Jake Paul in the ring in February in a fight watched by millions around the world.

Former United players Ben Foster, Nani and Patrice Evra are among the once-elite footballers in the squad, as are ex-internationals Heather O’Reilly, Kalyn Kyle, Roberto Carlos, Francesco Totti, Gabriel Batistuta and Hernan Crespo. Republic of Ireland record scorer Robbie Keane is part of Pochettino’s coaching group.

  • Usain Bolt
  • Lee Mack
  • Steven Bartlett
  • Kem Cetinay
  • Mo Gilligan
  • Maisie Adam
  • Tommy Fury
  • Heather O’Reilly
  • Kalyn Kyle
  • Noah Beck
  • Ben Foster
  • Roberto Carlos
  • Nani
  • Francesco Totti
  • Gabriel Batistuta
  • Leon Edwards
  • Sam Claflin
  • Hernan Crespo
  • Patrice Evra
  • Niko

Rest of World management and coaches

  • Mauricio Pochettino
  • Robbie Keane
  • Martin Compston
  • Mel C



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