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Football aid for UNICEF 2022: Liam Payne and Robbie Williams in the top-class squad

A host of big name stars will head to the London Stadium in Stratford, East London on Sunday 12th June to raise funds for UNICEF as a team of England players take on a ‘world team’

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Liam Payne will need his best running shoes as he captains England at the forthcoming Soccer Aid – and faces a ‘world team’ led by Olympic legend Usain Bolt.

The 28-year-old One Direction star is confident he can lead his team to victory in the televised sporting event, which is due to take place on Sunday June 12 at the London Stadium in Stratford, east London.

England is managed by Harry Redknapp as manager, Liam as captain and players including actor Lucien Laviscount, musician Tom Grennan, YouTube star Chunkz, footballer Gary Neville, commentator and Gogglebox star Jamie Carragher, footballer Fara Williams, actor Joe Cole, TV broadcaster Alex Brooker – and David Seaman as goalkeeping coach on board.

While the Soccer Aid World XI FC team will consist of Arsène Wenger as manager, Usain Bolt as team captain and players such as Line of Duty’s Martin Compston, comedian Mo Gilligan, songwriter Chelcee Grimes and footballers Patrice Evra and Robbie Keane.







Liam Payne will captain England at Soccer Aid 2022
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Usain Bolt becomes captain of the opposing team
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Liam said: “There’s nothing like managing England at Soccer Aid while raising funds for UNICEF.

“I can’t believe I get to run onto the pitch with some of my heroes while raising money for such a great cause.

“Receiving the captain’s armband is a great honor and I am determined to lead us to victory!”

Meanwhile, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the UK Robbie Williams said he too can’t wait to get on the pitch – where he will perform one of his iconic songs to kick off the event.

The 48-year-old is also encouraging fans to purchase tickets to the event – with proceeds going to UNICEF.

He said: “I will be singing Angels in front of 60,000 people at the London Stadium. I already know it’s going to be one of the most special nights of my career – and I want as many of you as possible to attend.







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“Tickets are selling fast so I would urge people to buy them while they are still available. It’s a way of people supporting Soccer Aid for UNICEF which has raised £60m since its inception 16 years ago.”

Footballer-turned-TV presenter Alex Scott will also be present at the event, co-hosting the show with Dermot O’Leary.

The 37-year-old said: “The line-up this year looks fantastic!

“How special will it be to see Usain back at the London Stadium ten years after his gold medal wins in 2012?







Dermot O’Leary and Alex Scott will moderate the event
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“As everyone knows I am Arsenal through and through so it will be incredible to see the boss – Mr Wenger – back in the dugout! Of course, this is all for a really good cause – and one that I know you will all support.”

However, the star-studded line-up appears to have a glaring gap – as ITV public enemy number one Mark Wright appears to be absent from the line-up.

The network brutally made no mention of the reality star while highlighting the upcoming event.

The Towie rejecter, 35, is said to have attended but it seems things have changed after he allegedly pulled out of prime time ITV reality show The Games at the last second – which infuriated network bosses, when he allegedly quit via text message.

A source claimed last month: “Mark’s name is Mud on ITV at the moment. Bookers working on shows will not approach Mark to appear.

“The only show where they’re excited about him is Soccer Aid as he’s one person in a sea of ​​faces and has been a part of the event for years.”







ITV failed to mention Mark Wright when promoting Soccer Aid 2022
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However, Mark has denied leaving The Games via text message and has claimed to fans he has other ITV projects in the pipeline.

Tickets for the game are available now from www.socceraid.org.uk/tickets

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