The annual Soccer Aid game is set to return tonight.
The star-studded England vs Rest of The World match will feature a combination of legendary footballers and celebrities hoping to raise thousand of pounds for Unicef.
The match is being broadcast live on ITV and will take place in front of a sold out crowd at the Etihad stadium.
The charity game has been a huge success ever since the first edition was set up by Robbie Williams back in 2006.
The pop star is on the other side of the touchline this year as he is coaching the England team, alongside Sven Goran Eriksson, Micah Richards and David Seaman.
The Rest of the World is managed by Harry Redknapp, Judy Murray and Robbie Keane – and they will be looking to keep up their winning streak after they defeated England 4-3 on penalties last year following a 1-1 draw.
There is a strong Liverpool presence in the squads for this year’s Soccer Aid as eight celebrities have strong attachments to the city – and we’ve rounded them up here:
One of the legendary footballers taking part this year is the former Manchester United and Everton striker. The 35 year-old from Croxteth will be pulling on his boots in tonight’s game after taking part as a manager last year.
The iconic Liverpool defender has become a regular participant in the Soccer Aid matches over the years – and will take to the field as part of the England team
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The former Liverpool captain will be taking part for England this year – and will be hoping to get one over on his dad, Harry, who is managing the Rest of the World team.
The Southport comedian has missed spot-kicks on each of his last three appearances in the charity game and is back again to right the wrongs of the past.
He has been spurred to get match-fit for this year’s game and his journey was documented on a Road to Soccer Aid programme which aired earlier this week.
The 37-year-old will take part in her first Soccer Aid match this year. The midfielder has a strong association with both Merseyside clubs as she spent eight years at Everton before signing for Liverpool in 2012.
She won the FA Women’s Cup with Everton – before playing a key role in two Women Super League title winning campaigns with Liverpool.
Although she was born in Aigburth, Chelcee Grimes will be playing for the Rest of the World team. The 29-year-old singer songwriter has written songs for superstars such as Kylie Minogue and Dua Lipa, but she has also forged a successful career as a footballer and a broadcaster.
The 51-year-old goalkeeper was a staple of Roy Evans Liverpool team in the 90s having played 214 games for the Reds. David James will be the man in between the posts for England during tonight’s game.
Although the comedian is famously from Bolton, he appears on the list due to his high profile marriage to Liverpool native Christine McGuinness. The model from Halewood is a Liverpool fan and even filmed husband Paddy wearing a Liverpool shirt last month. Paddy is a regular player on Soccer Aid – and will be turning out for the England team
Full England Squad for Soccer Aid 2021
– Olly Murs
– Mark Wright
– James Arthur
– Paddy McGuinness
– Sir Mo Farah
– Joel Dommett
– Max Whitlock
– James Bay
– Harriet Pavlou
– David James
– Gary Neville
– Paul Scholes
– Wayne Rooney
– Fara Williams
– Jamie Redknapp
– Kelly Smith
– Jamie Carragher
– Shaun Wright-Phillips
– Joe Cole
Full World XI Squad for Soccer Aid 2021
– Usain Bolt
– Kem Cetinay
– Tom Grennan
– Ore Oduba
– Roman Kemp
– Martin Compston
– Dermot Kennedy
– Chelcee Grimes
– Big Zuu
– Lee Mack
– Roberto Carlos
– Patrice Evra
– Nigel De Jong
– Pablo Zabaleta
– Shay Given
– Darren Fletcher
– Julie Fleeting
– Clarence Seedorf
– Ingrid Woe Mold
– Wes Morgan
Soccer Aid airs from 6:30pm live on ITV and ITV Hub
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