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Soccer Aid teams, kick-off time and how to watch on TV

Soccer Aid 2020 will be played out this weekend at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, with a host of famous faces taking part in the 11-a-side game between England and the Soccer Aid World XI.

The star-studded match between former footballers and celebrities will raise money for UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), to help provide everything from clean water to lifesaving vaccinations.

What time is Soccer Aid 2020 kick-off?

Soccer Aid 2020 TV coverage begins at 6.30pm at Old Trafford on Sunday, September 6, with kick-off following shortly afterwards.

It will be the first time the match has been played behind closed doors.

The match had initially been scheduled to take place on June 6.

What TV channel is Soccer Aid on?

Viewers will get to enjoy the match from the comfort of their sofas by tuning in to ITV and and STV.

Dermot O’Leary will be hosting, alongside pitch-side reporter Kirsty Gallacher.

What about live streaming?

Viewers wanting to live stream the match can do so via the ITV Player

Who’s playing?

This year’s teams of celebrities and former professional footballers will ‘Play for Generation Covid’ to help stop the spread of coronavirus and limit the impact on children’s lives.

England XI celebrities

  • Olly Murs, singer and The Voice judge, who missed out last year due to a knee injury

  • TV presenter Paddy McGuinness

  • Fitness coach and lockdown PE teacher Joe Wicks

  • Comedian Joel Dommett

  • Former TOWIE star and radio host Mark Wright

  • Singer and TV presenter Marvin Humes

  • Musician James Bay

  • McFly singer Danny Jones

  • Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen

  • Comedian John Bishop

  • Comedian Lee Mack

  • Football freestyler Livi Cooke

  • YouTube star Chunkz

  • Presenter Yung Filly

  • Actor Tom Davis

England XI pros

  • Kelly Smith, former Arsenal and Lionesses footballer who notched up 46 goals in 117 appearances for England during her career

  • Former England goalkeeper David James, who makes his first appearance at Soccer Aid

  • Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown

  • Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole

  • Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole

  • Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole

  • Former England footballer Katie Chapman, capped 94 times and best known for spells with Arsenal and Chelsea

  • Former England midfielder Gareth Barry

  • Former England striker Emile Heskey

  • Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen

World XI celebrities

  • Comedian Jason Manford

  • Fulham Women player Chelcee Grimes, who has also presented Match of the Day’s spin-off show, MOTDx on BBC Two

  • Love Island’s Kem Cetinay

  • Musician Dermot Kennedy

  • Musician DJ Locksmith, part of Rudimental

  • Football freestyler Jeremy Lynch

  • Football freestyler Billy Wingrove

  • TV and radio presenter Ore Oduba, who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2016

  • Comedian Mo Gilligan

  • Musician Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian

  • Radio DJ and former I’m A Celebrity participant Roman Kemp

  • Rapper Santan Dave

  • TV presenter Iain Stirling, well-known for narrating Love Island

World XI pros

  • Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra

  • Former England footballer Lianne Sanderson, who retired at Juventus in 2019

  • Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien

  • Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher

  • Former Scotland footballer Julie Fleeting, who scored 116 goals in 121 games between 1996 and 2015

  • Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given

  • Former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane

  • Former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele

  • Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre

Who are the managers?

Former England manager Sam Allardyce, England legend Wayne Rooney and actor and TV presenter Bradley Walsh make up the England management.

Ex-Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp guides the World XI, along with Manchester United legend Bryan Robson and Fulham academy goalkeeping coach Vic Bettinelli.

How can I donate?

This year, the money raised through Soccer Aid for UNICEF will also help stop the spread of coronavirus and limit the impact on children’s lives – and every £1 donated until October 6 2020 will become £3, thanks to the UK Government and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance.

Since 2006, Soccer Aid for UNICEF has raised more than £38m to help give children all over the world a childhood full of play. Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2019 raised a record breaking £7.9m.

You can donate here.

Why is Yaya Toure not involved?

Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has apologised for an “inappropriate joke” which resulted in him reportedly being dropped from this weekend’s Soccer Aid charity game.

A report claims the 37-year-old was asked to leave the team hotel after posting content on a group message chat which offended fellow squad members.

Toure has admitted his mistake and regrets the negative publicity which has deflected from Sunday’s fundraising game for children’s charity Unicef at Old Trafford.

“I would like to apologise to everyone involved in Soccer Aid for an inappropriate joke I deeply regret,” he wrote on Twitter.

“It was meant as a joke however I lacked thorough consideration for the feelings of other participants.

“That being said I deleted the jokes within minutes and I immediately apologised to all inside the group.

“We gather for a good cause and this deviates the focus of the game which is to bring everyone together to help children around the world.

“It’s sad to see an inappropriate joke I made attract the attention which should be fully devoted to the beauty of the charity game.

“Regardless of the circumstances, I want to take full responsibility. I am a grown man who should not be engaged in such jokes.

“I am very sorry for my mistake and I wish everyone all the best with Soccer Aid on Sunday in raising awareness and funds for important causes.”



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