THE Soccer Aid 2023 line-ups have been revealed – and it is one of the strongest squads ever.
Legends of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and England will take to the Old Trafford pitch in the latest edition of the classic charity match in support of Unicef.
Jack Wilshere will make his Soccer Aid debutPALionesses hero Jill Scott will also make her bow in the charity matchRexUsain Bolt will be the World XI captain once againGettyPAPlenty of celebrities have been confirmed for the Old Trafford showdown[/caption]
And as well as plenty of familiar faces, Jack Wilshere and Jill Scott will make their Soccer Aid debuts on June 11.
Queen of the Jungle Scott gets the captain’s armband for the England XI.
Meanwhile, the ex-Arsenal midfielder man and Euro 2022-winning hero could link up in a star-studded England midfield alongside the likes of Paul Scholes and Sir Mo Farah, who will no doubt provide the lungs to keep running all game long.
Scott said: “The Euros, The Jungle and now Soccer Aid – it’s the holy trinity!
“I’ve won two of them, so just need Soccer Aid now to complete ‘The Treble’.
“I think of all three, this might be the one I’m most nervous about, though – just look at the names involved.”
Arsenal academy coach Wilshere added: “I am really looking forward to lacing up my boots again – and playing with some of my old friends.
“I can’t tell you how good these legends are and I’m told a few of the celebrities are quite handy too!
Soccer Aid 2023 Squads confirmed so far
ENGLAND: Emma Hayes (Co-Manager), Vicky McClure (Co-Manager), Jill Scott (Captain), Paddy McGuinness (Celebrity Goalkeeper), David James (Professional Goalkeeper), Jermain Defoe, Joel Corry, Karen Carney, Gary Cahill, Jack Wilshere, Bugzy Malone, Tom Grennan, Sir Mo Farah, Alex Brooker, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Eni Aluko and Chunkz.
WORLD XI FC: Usain Bolt (Captain) Robbie Keane (Coach), Lee Mack, Steven Bartlett and Kem Cetinay.
“As a father to young children, taking part in this game has extra significance for me – and I would urge people to buy tickets and show their support too.”
Ex-England internationals David James, Jermain Defoe, Karen Carney, Gary Cahill, Gary Neville and Eni Aluko will also be in action for their country.
As will celebrities including goalkeeper Paddy McGuinness, Bugzy Malone, Tom Grennan and Chunkz as Emma Hayes and Vicky McClure team up as managers – but Mark Wright is out.
World XI FC will be coached by Robbie Keane and captained by sprint king Usain Bolt.
Lee Mack, Steven Bartlett and Kem Cetinay have been confirmed but more players – both ex-pro footballers and celebrities – will be announced in due course.
The match will be broadcast live on ITV with Dermot O’Leary and Alex Scott hosting the show.
England are hoping to lift the trophy for the first time since 2018.
Soccer Aid was co-founded by Robbie Williams in 2006 and has raised more than £75million for Unicef, including £15m at last year’s event at the London Stadium.
Tickets are available now from the Soccer Aid website.
PAPaddy McGuinness will take the gloves in goal for England this year[/caption]
Jermain Defoe will be desperate to add to his England tallyPAPAGary Neville looks delighted to be involved[/caption]
PAMo Farah will offer plenty of running on the pitch[/caption]
PALee Mack will turn out for World XI after switching allegiance[/caption]
©UNICEF/Soccer Aid Productions/Stella PicturesDermot O’Leary and Alex Scott will host the ITV broadcast[/caption]