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Robbie Williams -

Robbie Williams

  • Soccer Aid matches: 7
  • Soccer Aid wins: 5

The Soccer Aid founder handed over the captain’s armband to Olly Murs this time and will be delighted at an England victory. But he’ll be even more pleased with a fantastic match and yet another successful Soccer Aid for Unicef.
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Sir Mo Farah -

Sir Mo Farah

  • Max speed: 32km/hr
  • Key impact: Defensive tackles

As you’d expect, the Olympic legend did not stop running all night long – he even beat Usain Bolt’s top speed in the first half. He put in an unbelievable shift in the defence constantly getting up and down the right hand side and putting in some key tackles when he needed to.
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Olly Murs -

Olly Murs

  • Assists: 1
  • Best moment: Posed naked with the trophy

While he might be ruing a couple of missed chances Olly was a constant lively presence on the left hand side for England, putting in a performance worthy of the captaincy. His assist for England’s first goal was superb.
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Paddy McGuinness -

Paddy McGuinness

  • Penalties missed: 1
  • Best for: Team morale

 In his own words: ‘Absolutely shocking penalty but the boys did it!!!! Over £5 million raised for Unicef – thank you so much’.
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Joe Wicks -

Joe Wicks

  • Minutes played: 15
  • Penalties scored: 1

The Lean in 15 man came on with 15 mins left to play on the clock – maybe it was part of Big Sam’s game plan all along. He injected some much needed energy that helped England find a late equaliser, and scored his penalty.
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Michael Owen -

Michael Owen

  • Goals : 1
  • Premier League goals: 158
  • Best known for: Scoring goals!

His poacher’s finish when Redknapp’s shot came back off the post raised the roof. The equaliser kept England in the game and showed everyone at Old Trafford that he can still produce the goods when it matters.
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Damian Lewis -

Damian Lewis

  • Key attribute: Tough tackling
  • Work rate: Excellent

The actor showed why he is a regular pick for the England Soccer Aid team with another excellent performance in midfield. He was confident on the ball but the highlight was his very strong tackling game.
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Ben Shephard -

Ben Shephard

  • Soccer Aid victories: 5
  • Soccer Aid matches: 7

Part of the coaching team this year, Ben must have passed on some of the insights he’s picked up as the presenter of Goals on Sunday. He’ll be delighted at an England victory and the money raised for Unicef UK.
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Mark Wright -

Mark Wright

  • Penalties scored: 1
  • Key attribute: Dangerous crosses

Mark linked up fantastically with Olly Murs down the left hand side for England and certainly did not look out of place among some legends of the game. His rocket of a left foot threatened at times but didn’t quite find the target.
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Wes Brown -

Wes Brown

  • Years as a Man Utd player: 15
  • Position: Right back

Old Trafford wasn’t exactly the Theatre of Dreams for Wes Brown in the England defence. The former Manchester United favourite struggled to hold off Clarence Seedorf, who powered through to give the World XI a lead in the second half.
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Lee Mack -

Lee Mack

  • Penalties missed: 1
  • Best for: Lols

Seemed to be in a competition with his funny-man team mate Paddy McGuiness for who could take the most laughable penalty… if you will pick comedians. May have to change the name of his sitcom to Not Going In.
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Myles Stephenson -

Myles Stephenson

  • Soccer Aid caps: 1
  • Minutes played: 54

Myles started on the left of midfield for England and did himself proud. He managed to be a real nuisance for Yaya Touré (who won the Premier League last year) on several occasions and was also very useful going forward. Three yeses from the judges.
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Freddie Flintoff -

Freddie Flintoff

  • Penalties scored: 1
  • Sports conquered: 3

Freddie put in a solid performance proving he can turn his hand to football as well as cricket and boxing. He’ll be delighted to have stuck away his penalty in the shootout, something his old England cricket teammate Kevin Pietersen could not replicate.
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Danny Murphy - The ex-Liverpool man scored three winners at Old Trafford during his playing career, but didn’t manage to grab a goal this time. However, he was key in midfield for England, distributing the ball well to the attacking players.

Danny Murphy

  • Key attribute: Playmaker
  • Premier League appearances : 417

The ex-Liverpool man scored three winners at Old Trafford during his playing career, but didn’t manage to grab a goal this time. However, he was key in midfield for England, distributing the ball well to the attacking players.

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Blake Harrison -

Blake Harrison

  • Best moment: Winning the match for England
  • Key attribute: Composure

When the pressure was at its greatest, the stakes at their highest, the hopes of a nation resting on one moment, Blake may have seemed like an unlikely hero. But he took his moment - sticking it Inbetween the posts in style. We didn’t see the robot but his composed celebration was worthy of Cantona himself.
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Bradley Walsh -

Bradley Walsh

  • Key attribute: experience
  • Soccer Aids: 6

Many Soccer Aid fans have been happy to point out that Bradley may have picked up some experience when he played Coach Dave Dodds in Mike Bassett: England Manager. He’ll be delighted at this thrilling England victory.  
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Jack O'Connell -

Jack O'Connell

  • Nickname: Jacko
  • Hometown: Derby

Added some grit to midfield when he was brought on in the second half and helped England keep things solid until they could grab an equaliser.
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Darren Bent -

Darren Bent

  • Goals: 1
  • Soccer Aid caps: 1

Was very lively and latched on brilliantly to that Olly Murs through ball. He still had work to do though, cutting it back brilliantly to beat Van der Sar and roll it home to get England off the mark.
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Phil Neville -

Phil Neville

  • Premier League seasons: 19
  • England caps: 59

Struggled to deal with the blistering pace of Usain Bolt who got away from him many times. His sister Tracey who coaches the England netball team offered this advice: ‘Coaching tip Phil when marking @usainbolt ; Don’t let him run in a straight line’
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David Seaman - Like his ex-professional counterpart Edwin van der Sar, Seaman had a tough first half and will not have wanted to concede two. While certainly not to blame for the Veron goal, which was right in the corner, he might have done better smothering Keane’s effort.

David Seaman

  • Goals conceded: 2
  • England caps: 75
  • Soccer Aid caps: 6

Like his ex-professional counterpart Edwin van der Sar, Seaman had a tough first half and will not have wanted to concede two. While certainly not to blame for the Veron goal, which was right in the corner, he might have done better smothering Keane’s effort.

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Darius Vassell -

Darius Vassell

  • Minutes played: 45
  • Came on for: Mo Farah

The striker didn’t quite have a magic moment, but had a good run out for England and will have been delighted to play alongside his old England teammate Michael Owen once again.
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Jamie Redknapp -

Jamie Redknapp

  • Soccer Aid caps: 7
  • Soccer Aid goals: 2
  • Magic moment: Hit the post

Back for his seventh Soccer Aid Jamie had a particular point to prove this year as he was playing against his dad Harry’s team for the first time. He thought he had scored but his shot came back off the inside of the post – luckily Owen was there to tuck it away.
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David Harewood -

David Harewood

  • Penalty saves: 2
  • Wobbly moment: Bolt's effort off the bar

If Blake Harrison has anyone to thank for his match-winning moment then it’s Homeland star turned Soccer Aid legend David Harewood. His incredible performance in the shootout was the thing that dreams are made of.
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John Bishop -

John Bishop

  • Supports: Liverpool FC
  • Played for: Southport FC
  • Soccer Aid caps: 3

John is a keen footballer and has played for non-league sides Hyde and Southport. He loves getting sporty for charity - he raised £4.2 million doing a triathlon from Paris to London and this will be his fourth Soccer Aid for Unicef.
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Jeremy Lynch -

Jeremy Lynch

  • Goals: 1
  • Minutes played: 66

The accomplished freestyler proved to everyone that his skills really do transfer to the pitch with an assured performance up front for England. When the chance came from a Mark Wright cross he took it on half-volley with great aplomb.
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WORLD XI

Usain Bolt -

Usain Bolt

  • Awarded: Man of the match
  • Not awarded: Either of his goals

What a dramatic night for the sprinter. He was a constant threat, getting in behind the England defence, but couldn’t catch a break. He had one goal disallowed for offside and then that controversial moment. Did it cross the line?
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Gordon Ramsay -

Gordon Ramsay

  • Michelin stars: 16
  • Soccer Aid matches: 6
  • Supports: Chelsea

The Soccer Aid regular will have been gutted that he couldn’t make it on to the pitch after picking up an injury beforehand. He will have been there in spirit for every kick of the ball.
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Clarence Seedorf -

Clarence Seedorf

  • Soccer Aid goals: 4
  • Languages spoken: 6

This man loves to score at Soccer Aid! After his hat trick in 2014, Clarence made short work of the England defence to give the World XI a second half lead.
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Harry Redknapp -

Harry Redknapp

  • Games managed: 1,396
  • Nickname: 'Arry
  • Nephew: Frank Lampard

Harry thought he had a winning team, and who’d blame him with some of the names that World XI had on show. But it wasn’t to be. Did he bring the England penalty curse with him when he swapped sides?
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Robert Pires -

Robert Pires

  • Style: Classy
  • World Cup wins: 1
  • Birthdays: 2

While he didn’t grab the headlines Pires still looked a fantastic player. We couldn’t put it better than @baz014 – ‘Pires! Still as silky as owt, just glides across the pitch and never looks rushed… what a guy!’. He was unlucky to be on the losing side.
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Yaya Touré -

Yaya Touré

  • Minutes played: 77
  • African Footballer of the Year titles: 4
  • Position: Midfield

Yaya only won the Premier League last season but he had a mixed night here. He was undoubtedly crucial in the World XI midfield but did get caught on the ball a few times by an energetic Myles Stephenson. Looked gutted to be replaced by Cantona late on.
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Brendan Cole -

Brendan Cole

  • Penalties scored: 1
  • Seasons on Strictly: 15
  • Signature look: Anything with sequins!

Brendan did his best on the right hand side when brought on in the second half, latching on to a few through balls from Clarence Seedorf. His best moment came in the shootout where he scored and celebrated like he’d won the World Cup for New Zealand!
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Edwin van der Sar -

Edwin van der Sar

  • Goals conceded: 2
  • Minutes played: 45

Wasn’t a half to remember for the seasoned Dutch goalkeeper, letting in two goals. While he didn’t do anything calamitous, he did get cleanly beaten by Darren Bent’s cut inside for the first goal and perhaps could have got out a bit quicker to meet Jeremy Lynch before the second.
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Patrick Kluivert -

Patrick Kluivert

  • Assists : 1
  • Minutes played: 45

The Dutch striker had a few scuffles with England keeper David Harewood early in the second half but didn’t manage to find the back of the net. He looked sharp throughout though and was part of a beautiful one-two with Seedorf to set up the third World XI goal.
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Kevin Pietersen -

Kevin Pietersen

  • Penalties missed: 1
  • Test centuries for England: 23
  • Nickname: KP

While he put in a decent performance on the pitch, when it came to the crunch, the ex-England cricketer turned World XI footballer was unable to convert his penalty. He’ll be particularly aggrieved to have been outdone by old team mate Freddie Flintoff.
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Dan Carter -

Dan Carter

  • Key attribute: Left foot
  • Assists: 1

The All-Blacks legend was key in getting the World XI back into the game. His excellent cross set up Robbie Keane for the World XI’s opening goal – his left foot clearly does the business in football as well as rugby!
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Eric Cantona -

Eric Cantona

  • Nickname: King Eric
  • Reception at Old Trafford: Deafening
  • Goals for Man Utd: 64

You can’t understate the status that The King holds with the Old Trafford crowd and for many his appearance was the highlight of the night – especially as there were doubts over his fitness. Even the sight of him warming up on the touchline raised the roof.
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Ashley Fongho -

Ashley Fongho

  • Biggest fan: Simon Cowell
  • Signature style: Showman

The young X Factor star of Rak-Su fame proved to be a real asset to the World XI team and kept his energy up more than some of the slightly older legends of the game. He stepped up for his penalty looking confident and proceeded to smash it in off the bar.
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Ioan Gruffudd -

Ioan Gruffudd

  • Superhero name: Mr Fantastic
  • Football name: Welsh Wizard

Ioan will have been gutted that he wasn’t able to play due to injury. Maybe the World XI could have been just that little bit more fantastic with him in the side and grabbed a victory.
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Jaap Stam -

Jaap Stam

  • Soccer Aid caps: 4
  • Premier League titles: 3
  • Champions League titles: 1

The defender showed the solidity that made him a firm favourite at Old Trafford in his playing days. The combination of him, Cantona, Veron and Van der Sar all back at the Theatre of Dreams really got the crowd going.
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Martin Compston -

Martin Compston

  • Style: Pocket powerhouse
  • Position: Midfielder

It was nothing but love on Twitter for the celeb who absolutely bossed the midfield for World XI with many even claiming he outplayed his pro team mate Yaya Toure. There’s even talk he should be selected for Scotland!
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Juan Sebastián Verón -

Juan Sebastián Verón

  • Goals: 1
  • Dives: 1

The ex-Argentina captain was at the heart of the drama in the first half for the right reasons and the wrong ones! He clearly dived in the box following a Mo Farah tackle, but then popped up soon after to score an excellent swiveling shot into the bottom corner for the World XI equaliser.
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Robbie Keane -

Robbie Keane

  • Goals: 1
  • International caps: 146
  • Premier League goals: 122

Robbie Keane clearly still has the sharpness that served him so well in his Premier League days. He was a constant menace to the England defence. He grabbed one for himself and an excellent run in to the box from the left set up the Verón goal.
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Hayden Christensen -

Hayden Christensen

  • Penalty misses: 1
  • Weakness: Tendency to choke

We thought he was the chosen one, who would bring balance to the penalty shoot-out. But in trying to force his spot kick to higher ground he broke World XI fans’ hearts - not just the men's, but the women's and children's too.
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Nicky Byrne -

Nicky Byrne

  • Penalties missed: 1
  • Penalties saved: 1
  • Soccer Aid goals: 1

The Westlife man put in a solid performance for World XI in the second half – many praised his distribution and he wasn’t at fault for the Owen goal. However, when it came to the penalties he was outdone by Harewood, who made more saves and blocked Nicky’s own attempt.
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