SOCCER AID is back again this year with another great duel between England and the rest of the world.
British rap superstar Stormzy has been confirmed as England manager, while new Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino will lead the world squad.
Stormzy admitted he was looking forward to the “once of a lifetime” opportunity and revealed he would happily manage Wayne Rooney if only he could pick one player.
The rap mogul said: “I’m a huge football fan so to be given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to manage England is a dream come true. The fact that it’s at Old Trafford and that I’m a Manchester United fan makes it very special.”
I have such fond memories growing up of watching Soccer Aid and all the star names that have competed over the years.”
“I love exploring possibilities outside of music and when this landed on my desk I was ecstatic.
“This is an opportunity to show the world how footballing I am! I take this really seriously. I don’t want players to say they loved my last album – seriously, it’s all about winning the game for me. I say so.” the fire in them.
“You have to call me ‘boss’ or ‘gaffer’ though – not Mike!”
Pochettino, 51, said: “It’s a real pleasure to be part of a game that represents a major cultural moment in this country’s annual calendar – and rightly so, as it raises so much money for Unicef.”
“I love English football stadiums, the passion the fans have for the game and the atmosphere they create so it will be great to feel that again next month.”
Additionally, there will be a female captain for the first time, as Queen of the Jungle, Jill Scott, leads England.
Soccer Aid for UNICEF has raised over £75m to help children around the world.
Last year’s game grossed a record-breaking £15million.
Old Trafford are back as hosts for the first time since 2018 – it was also the last time the Three Lions won the big charity game.
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When will Soccer Aid 2023 take place?
Soccer Aid 2023 takes place on Sunday 11 June.
It starts at 7.30 p.m.
74,000 fans are expected at Old Trafford.
The game will be broadcast live on ITV 1 and streamed on ITVX.
Who is playing in Soccer Aid 2023?
There will be a number of debutants appearing at Soccer Aid this year.
The previous English line-up: Stormzy, Harry Redknapp, Emma Hayes, Vicky McClure and 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.
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 (Pro 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 footballaid.org.uk/tickets/
A family of four (two adults, two children) can attend for £60.