SOCCER AID is back TONIGHT with another huge match-up between England and the Rest of the World.
UK rap superstar Stormzy has been confirmed as the England manager, while new Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino will be in charge of the World XI.
Stormzy will be the manager for England
Stormzy admitted to being excited for the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity and revealed that he would love to manage Wayne Rooney if he could choose just one player.
The rap mogul said: “I’m a massive football fan, so getting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to manage England is a dream come true. The fact it’s at Old Trafford, and I’m a Manchester United fan, makes it extra special.
“Growing up, I have such good memories of watching Soccer Aid and all the star names who have taken part over the years.”
“I like to explore opportunities outside of music and when this one came across my desk I was delighted.
“This is an opportunity to show the world my football mind! I’m taking this really seriously. I don’t want the players saying they loved my last album – seriously, it’s just about winning the game for me. I’ll put the fire in them.
“They need to call me ‘boss’ or ‘gaffer’, though – not Mike!”
Pochettino, 51, said: “It is a real pleasure to be part of a match that represents a big cultural moment in this country’s annual calendar – and rightly so, because it raises so much money for Unicef.
“I love English football stadiums, the passion the fans show for the game and the atmosphere they create, so it will be great to feel that again next month.”
Jill Scott is captaining England
Furthermore, for the first time there will be a female captain as Queen of the Jungle Jill Scott leads out England.
Soccer Aid for UNICEF has raised over £75m to help children all over the world.
Last year’s match raised a record-breaking £15m.
Old Trafford is playing host for the first time since 2018 – which was also the last time the Three Lions won the big charity match.
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When is Soccer Aid 2023?
- Soccer Aid 2023 is taking place on Sunday, June 11.
- It will kick-off at 7.30pm.
- 74,000 fans are expected to attend at Old Trafford.
Dermot O’Leary and Alex Scott are presenting again this year
What channel is Soccer Aid 2023 on and can it be live streamed FREE?
- Soccer Aid 2023 will be broadcast live on ITV.
- Soccer Aid 2023 can be live streamed for FREE via the ITVX app, providing you have a valid TV license.
- Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all of the action by following SunSport’s live blog.
Who is playing at Soccer Aid 2023?
An array of debuting stars will be appearing at Soccer Aid this year.
The England line-up so far: Stormzy, Harry Redknapp, Emma Hayes, Vicky McClure, David Seaman are all part of the England Management Team.
Jill Scott (Captain), David James (Professional GK), Paddy McGuinness (Celebrity GK), Gary Neville, Gary Cahill, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Jack Wilshere, Jermain Defoe, Eni Aluko, Karen Carney, Scarlette Douglas, Alex Brooker, Chunkz, Tom Grennan, Sir Mo Farah, Bugzy Malone, Joel Corry and Liam Payne.
The Soccer Aid World XI FC line-up so far: Mauricio Pochettino, Martin Compston and Robbie Keane are part of the World XI Management Team.
Usain Bolt (Captain), Ben Foster (Professional Goalkeeper), Patrice Evra, Nani, Maisie Adam, Kaylyn Kyle, Heather O’Reilly, Mo Gilligan, Lee Mack, Steven Bartlett, Kem Cetinay, Noah Beck and Tommy Fury.
How can I buy tickets for Soccer Aid?
Tickets are available at socceraid.org.uk/tickets/
A family of four (two adults, two children) can attend for £60.