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Ben Shephard -

Ben Shephard

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

He's dreamed of playing football and sporting an England strip since he was a kid, so to be able to play in his 8th Soccer Aid for Unicef match is a dream come true. As a presenter of Goals on Sunday and a Soccer Aid fanatic, he's got years of experience on his side.
Danny Jones -

Danny Jones

  • Soccer Aid matches: 2

Giving his vocal cords a rest to sport the three lions strip, McFly singer Danny Jones is back to play for England. He had to pull out of 2016's game due to an injury. This year he couldn't be more ready to put in a good performance.
Joe Cole -

Joe Cole

  • Seasons played for Chelsea: 7
  • Premier League titles: 3

Joe Cole has played over 280 games for Chelsea over seven seasons, winning three Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup. He can't wait to be back at Stamford Bridge playing with some of his old teammates again.
Joe Wicks -

Joe Wicks

  • Soccer Aid matches: 1
  • Lean in: 15 minutes

The Lean in 15 man made his Soccer Aid for Unicef debut last year and liked it so much that he's back for more. He came on with 15 minutes left to play and scored in the shootout.
Katie Chapman -

Katie Chapman

  • FA Cups won: 10
  • Position: midfielder

As one of Soccer Aid's first female players, the ex-England professional will be making history, alongside Rachel Yankey and co-manager  Susanna Reid. She's a two-time FA International Player of the Year winner and has also won the domestic quadruple, including ten FA cups.
Mark Wright -

Mark Wright

  • Soccer Aid matches: 2
  • TOWIE seasons: 5

We'll never forget the year Mark Wright was Man of the Match when he scored a match-winning free kick. In fact he still talks about it now! Can he score again this year?
Rachel Yankey -

Rachel Yankey

  • England caps: 129
  • England goals: 19

Rachel has won the domestic quadruple playing for Arsenal and was awarded an OBE in 2013 for her services to the women's game. She also played for Great Britain in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Sam Allardyce -

Sam Allardyce

  • Soccer Aid matches: 4
  • league appearances: 578

Managing the England team again this year, 'Big Sam' is looking to repeat last year's penalty-kick inspired triumph. He will be managing his 5th Soccer Aid for Unicef match and has overseen over 1,000 professional games as a manager.
Susanna Reid -

Susanna Reid

  • Awards: Newsreader of the year

Susanna Reid will be going head-to-head with fellow Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan. Co-managing the England team alongside Sam Allardyce, she's our first ever female manager, but who's side will win as Piers and Susanna battle it out? <a id=”jump”></a>  
Sir Mo Farah -

Sir Mo Farah

  • 5000m PB: 12:53
  • Olympic gold medals: 4

Four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah is back for his second Soccer Aid competing against fellow Olympian Usain Bolt. Last year he ran all night long and put in some great defensive tackles, but who will come out on top when it's about speed versus stamina?    
Jamie Redknapp -

Jamie Redknapp

  • Soccer Aid matches: 7
  • Style of play: creative midfielder

Some of Jamie's best memories as a child were playing football with his dad and this year they'll be playing against each other. But can he repeat the screamer of a goal he scored in Soccer Aid 2016 when he sent the ball straight past Patrick Kielty?
Marvin Humes -

Marvin Humes

  • Soccer Aid matches: 3

Back for his 4th Soccer Aid for Unicef match, the DJ, radio presenter, singer and songwriter proves that football is another of the many talents up his sleeve. A big fan of Chelsea FC, he's thrilled to be playing at Stamford Bridge this year.
Michael Owen -

Michael Owen

  • Ballon D'or awards: 1
  • England caps: 89

Having played at Old Trafford last year, Michael Owen makes his second Soccer Aid for Unicef appearance. With a total of 40 goals from 89 caps, he's England's fifth highest scorer and also the youngest player to have reached 100 goals in the Premier League.
Jeremy Lynch -

Jeremy Lynch

  • YouTube subscribers: 9.5 million +
  • Strength: skills and tricks

Making up one half of the freestyle football duo, the F2, Jeremy is a global YouTube sensation with over 9.5 million subscribers. He scored the opening the goal in last year's fixture and will be looking to make an impact again.


Didier Drogba -

Didier Drogba

  • Premier League Titles: 4
  • Premier League goals scored: 104

The legendary Chelsea striker and two-time African footballer of the year will be in for a hero’s welcome at Stamford Bridge. The ultimate big game player, not only did he score more than 150 goals for Chelsea, he also helped them to their first league title in 50 years and scored the winning penalty to secure their first ever Champion’s league title.
Niall Horan -

Niall Horan

  • Soccer Aid matches: 1
  • One Direction albums sold: 2.2 million

The 'Slow Hands' singer is back on the pitch after his Soccer Aid hiatus last year. As a true football fan, kicking a ball around until the sun went down was pretty much all he did as a kid.
Michael Essien -

Michael Essien

  • Premier League titles: 2
  • FA Cup titles: 3

A former fan favourite at Chelsea, the Ghanaian is sure to bring some power and poise to the Soccer Aid World XI. He will no doubt relish a return to Stamford Bridge where he won three premier league titles in his heyday.
Ricardo Carvalho -

Ricardo Carvalho

  • Premier League titles: 2
  • Style of play: tenacious and hard-tackling

The Portuguese centre-back was a regular in the Chelsea back line at a time when they were almost unbeatable at Stamford Bridge. No doubt he will relish his return, and the crowd will welcome him back with open arms.
Robert Pires -

Robert Pires

  • Premier League titles: 2
  • FA Cup titles: 2

Once again the former winger will be bringing an abundance of skills and experience to the World XI. He has won almost everything there is to win, including a World Cup, European Championship and the Premier League.
Usain Bolt -

Usain Bolt

  • Olympic Gold medals won: 8
  • 100m World record time: 9.58s

The fastest man to have ever lived will be looking to make up for last year's penalty shoot out loss. He looked very sharp last time out, getting in behind and hitting the woodwork with a great effort. He'll want a goal this time.
Piers Morgan -

Piers Morgan

  • Twitter followers: 6.5 million+

The broadcaster, journalist, writer, and television personality will be helping manage the World XI side in his first involvement with Soccer Aid.
Harry Redknapp -

Harry Redknapp

  • Games managed: 1,399
  • Trophies: 6

The football management legend and now King of the Jungle is back again for another Soccer Aid for Unicef. There's no doubting the motivation he will bring to the England team to go for another victory this time out.
Martin Compston -

Martin Compston

  • Seasons on Line of Duty: 5
  • Style of play: pocket powerhouse

Swapping his waistcoat for his football strip, Line of Duty's Martin Compston is reclaiming his position on the Soccer Aid World XI team after his debut appearance in 2014. He admits that losing on penalties last year was really sore but is determined to win this time round.
Locksmith -


  • Position: Midfield
  • Albums released: 3

The Rudimental DJ's skills aren't limited to music. He's played football to a semi-professional level and once trained with Bristol City F.C.
Kem Cetinay -

Kem Cetinay

  • Place finished on Love Island: 1st
  • Place finished on Dancing on Ice: 4th

Kem charmed us with his dating skills on Love Island and proved he can dance on ice, but has he got what it takes to impress his fans on the pitch too? Having played football since he was four years old, his mum said he even used to sleep in his football boots! He watched Soccer Aid on TV every year as a kid but now he gets to play on the pitch himself.
Eric Cantona -

Eric Cantona

  • Nickname : King Eric
  • Premier League titles: 4

Nicknamed 'King Eric' by the Old Trafford faithful, the French actor and Manchester Utd legend is playing in his second Soccer Aid for Unicef match. In his career, he won four Premier League titles and two League and FA Cup Doubles.
Roman Kemp -

Roman Kemp

  • Soccer Aid debut: 2019
  • Capital FM debut: 2014

The Capital FM radio presenter will be putting on his boots to make his Soccer Aid debut this year. Roman Kemp has been a Capital FM host since 2014 and was also a social media correspondent for The X Factor UK in 2016.
Rosana -


  • Position: left back
  • World Cup tournaments played: 4

Since 2000, Rosana has won over a century of caps for the Brazil women's national football team and participated in four FIFA Women's World Cups and four Olympic Games.
Francielle -


  • Position: Midfielder

The Brazilian midfielder played for Brazil at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games winning a Silver medal in the former. Playing for Santos, she won the Copa Libertadores Femenina in 2009 and also the Copa Libertadores with São José in 2013.
Roberto Carlos -

Roberto Carlos

  • Nickname: El Hombre Bala
  • Position: Left back

Nicknamed El Hombre Bala "The Bullet Man" for his powerful bending free kicks, Brazilian World Cup winner Roberto Carlos will be making his Soccer Aid for Unicef debut this June. Widely considered one of the best left backs of all time, he's won four La Liga titles, three UEFA Champions League titles and a World Cup.
Nicky Byrne -

Nicky Byrne

  • Soccer Aid matches: 1
  • Westlife albums: 12

Best known from Westlife, the singer, songwriter and presenter also played as a professional footballer in his youth for Ireland and as a goalkeeper for Leeds United. This time he'll be in goal for the Soccer Aid World XI.
Billy Wingrove -

Billy Wingrove

  • Youtube views: 40 million +
  • Position : midfielder

As the other half of the F2, Billy was the first freestyler to be signed by a professional football club, Tottenham Hotspur FC. He's one of the most viewed freestylers in the world and holds three Guinness World Records.

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