Celebrities and former players lined up in the annual Soccer Aid charity match on Sunday as an England side fell to a Rest of the World outfit on penalties.
The game, which raised more funds for Unicef than any previous edition of the event, saw former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney managing the England team while the Rest of the World were coached by Harry Redknapp.
Former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane opened the scoring early in the second half after a drab opening period, but England immediately fired back through comedian Yung Filly. A penalty shootout ensued, with musician Chunkz missing the decisive spot-kick as Rest of the World lifted the Soccer Aid trophy. Re-live all the updates below:
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Soccer Aid 2020!
Tonight’s game will take place at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United.
Convenient, as there will be quite a few familiar faces for United fans… but we’ll get to that shortly.
The match is taking place in order to raise funds for the charity Unicef.
England take on the Rest of the World, with celebrities and former players lining up together on both sides.
England will be managed by Sam Allardyce and former United striker Wayne Rooney, while Harry Redknapp will coach the Rest of the World.
Here’s a look at the squads…
England: Olly Murs, James Bay, Tom Davis, Joel Dommett, Marvin Humes, Danny Jones, Lee Mack, Joe Wicks, Mark Wright, Wes Brown, Katie Chapman, Andy Cole, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole, David James, Kelly Smith.
Rest of the World: Kem Cetinay, Santan Dave, Chelcee Grimes, Roman Kemp, Dermot Kennedy, DJ Locksmith, Jeremy Lynch, Jason Manford, Ore Oduba, Iain Stirling, Billy Wingrove, Patrice Evra, Julie Fleeting, Darren Fletcher, Robbie Keane, Claude Makelele, Lianne Sanderson.
Yaya Toure, formerly of Manchester City and Barcelona, was set to line up for the Rest of the World, but was dropped yesterday after… reportedly sharing a message with pornographic content in a WhatsApp group with team-mates. He is also said to have offered to hire sex workers for players.
Read the full story below, you know you want to.
Yaya Toure dropped from Soccer Aid after reported pornographic WhatsApp post and offering to hire sex workers for team-mates
Charity match takes place on Sunday
Kick-off is expected to be shortly after 6.30pm tonight.
Last year’s Soccer Aid was a resounding success. It raised a record-breaking £7.9 million with 100% of the money going to Unicef to help in their work around the world saving lives and helping children grow up happy, healthy and able to play.
The game itself finished 2-2 with Jeremy Lynch bagging a brace for England with Usain Bolt and Kem Cetinay finding the net for the Rest of the World.
The match then went to penalties with Rest of the World winning 3-1.
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