Soccer Aid captain and former One Direction star Liam Payne insists he’s ‘never kicked a ball in his life’ – but has been determined to make sure he impresses on the pitch
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Liam Payne has been named England captain for this year’s Soccer Aid – but he’s made a shocking confession.
The former One Direction star confirmed in a recent interview with Logan Paul that he has “never played a football in his life”.
Liam, 28, who revealed he’d been training for “three months” before the big event, told the YouTube star: “I’m training in the UK right now.
“We play this game called Soccer Aid and it’s a bunch of professional footballers – as Ronaldinho has played in the past – mixed with celebrities.
“So I’m the current England captain – who’s never played football in his life.”
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“I had to study for three months,” he added. “Jumping into football is like a role to me that I have to play for a certain amount of time.
“I put my ** into everything that I do… I train twice a day, six times a week. It’s crazy – learning how to play ball.
“So hopefully I’m pretty halfway good and earn the captain’s armband,” Liam added.
To ensure maximum optimization of his performance in the upcoming match, the Strip That Down singer rented a football field in Billericay.
The X Factor superstar rented a non-league soccer field to practice.
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Liam has consulted with friend and former Premier League player Greg Halford about the possibility of lending Billericay Town the New Lodge Stadium.
A source told Sun: “Liam asked Greg if he and some friends could use the yard and Greg moved the wheels.
“He doesn’t look too bad telling people how nervous he is to be captain of England in such a big game.
“He and his teammates got stuck and he had a bleeding knee but no lasting damage. Liam looks good.”
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In March, Liam announced the good news that he would be captain of England’s upcoming match against Soccer Aid.
On Instagram, he wrote: “I’m so excited to announce that @socceraid for @unicef_uk is back” alongside a soccer emoji.
“And this year, I’m captain of England!! We’ve got a great team ready for you, so get your tickets now and join us at @londonstadium on 12 June .
“Get your tickets now, to support children around the world, link in my bio”.
The following month, after playing football at a rented soccer field, Liam admitted that he “didn’t play football”.
At the time, he said: “I am doing some exercises, getting ready for England. Cheer up England!
“How does a man not play football, captain of England? That’s a big question for all of us, isn’t it, but we’ll find out.
“It’s really been a tough game when learning to play, but it’s very exciting. I’m looking forward to the game.”
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Liam will join other celebrities on Sunday, including the likes of former Love Island winner Kem Cetinay and Emily in Paris star Lucien Laviscount.
The annual charity football match hosts a group of celebrities and former professional players and sees them face-to-face with the proceeds of the event for charity.
Former Take That star Robbie Williams originally founded Soccer Aid in 2006 to raise funds for UNICEF.
Once a year, a team full of celebrities representing England will join a “World XI” team of familiar faces for an epic football match.
Since the first match, the event has raised more than £60m for charity and last year’s event, held at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, raised a record £13m .
This year the match will take place at the London Stadium in Stratford and be broadcast live on ITV, STV and ITV Hub,
Soccer Aid takes place on Sunday, June 12 – the event will begin at 7:30pm.
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