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Football Aid 2024: Who will participate in the charity match?

Soccer Aid is back this weekend as a host of celebrities and former professional footballers take part in the annual charity match to raise money for Unicef.

Since its inception in 2006, Soccer Aid has raised more than £90 million for Unicef, as crowds flock to watch legends of the sport and famous faces from other fields compete for 90 minutes.

Last year’s edition was held at Old Trafford, where the World XI extended their winning run to five matches with a 4-2 win over England, and Stamford Bridge will play host this time.

Recently departed Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino will take charge of the World XI for the second year in a row, while England have signed another man familiar with the Stamford Bridge dugout in the form of ex-Blues player and manager Frank Lampard.

Here’s what you need to know about both teams.

Which celebrities are playing?

The full line-ups have now been confirmed, with a number of celebrities and football legends set to play at the 2024 event, while YouTuber Billy Wingrove – who is part of F2Freestylers – will be the Soccer Aid skills coach helping both sides

Former Chelsea player Eden Hazard makes his long-awaited return to Stamford Bridge after retiring last October and will be joined in the World XI by the likes of former Real Madrid full-back Roberto Carlos, Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero and another Chelsea star of yesteryear, Michael Essien.

The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt returns as captain of the World XI for a new edition and will be joined by a host of celebrities including radio DJ Roman Kemp, actors Martin Compston and Emmett J Scanlan and comedian Lee Mack.

The England team will once again be captained by former Lionesses midfielder Jill Scott, with Joe Cole, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Jermain Defoe among the other high-profile former players set to take part.

The team will also include former England cricketer Stuart Broard and Olympic long-distance legend Sir Mo Farah, as well as celebrities including actor Tom Hiddleston, singer Tom Grennan, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn and actor Erin Doherty..

England

Coaches: Frank Lampard, Harry Redknapp, Vicky McClure, Robbie Williams, David Seaman

Legends: Jill Scott (captain), Gary Cahill, Karen Carney, Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe, David James, Theo Walcott, Ellen White, Jack Wilshere

Celebrities: Steven Bartlett, Bobby Brazier, Stuart Broad, Alex Brooker, Erin Doherty, Danny Dyer, Sir Mo Farah, Tom Grennan, Eddie Hearn, Tom Hiddleston, Paddy McGuinness, Miniminter, Sam Quek, Sam Thompson

World XI

Coaches: Mauricio Pochettino, Robbie Keane, Jesus Perez

Legends: Eden Hazard, Roberto Carlos, Petr Cech, Patrice Evra, John Obi Mikel, Michael Essien, Alessandro Del Piero, Kheira Hamraoui, Olga Garcia, Kaylyn Kyle

Celebrities: Usain Bolt (captain), Maisie Adam, Theo Baker, Tony Bellew, Martin Compston, Diamond, Tommy Fury, Roman Kemp, Lee Mack, Jason Manford, Emmett J Scanlan, Micheal Ward, Tion Wayne

When is Football Aid 2024?

The 2024 edition of Soccer Aid will take place on Sunday 9 June, with kick-off at 7.30pm. The match will be played at Stamford Bridge, London.

How can I view it?

As usual, viewers in the UK can watch the match for free on ITV1 or online via ITVX. Coverage starts from 6pm

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