Friday 9 December 2016

1D's Louis Tomlinson joins Soccer Aid line up for match to help Unicef

Published 12/04/2016 | 00:06

1D's Louis Tomlinson has joined the line up for the Soccer Aid charity football match
1D's Louis Tomlinson has joined the line up for the Soccer Aid charity football match

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has signed on for his first big gig since the band went on hiatus - he has joined the line up for Soccer Aid.

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The Doncaster Rovers fan will play on the England side for the charity football match against the Rest Of The World team on June 5 at Old Trafford in Manchester.

The match, in aid of children's charity Unicef, will be Tomlinson's first project since One Direction announced they would be going on a break and the boyband star became a father for the first time.

He said: "I'm really excited to play in this year's Soccer Aid event. Unicef as a charity, and its workers, continue to amaze me and helping even in this small way is a privilege."

Tomlinson will play under the watchful eye of England's assistant manager and pop star Robbie Williams, who is Unicef's UK ambassador.

He joins fellow pop stars Olly Murs and Marvin Humes on the team, as well as reality star Mark Wright, comedians Paddy McGuinness, Jack Whitehall and John Bishop and presenters Ben Shephard and Jonathan Wilkes with Jamie Theakston in goal.

The Rest Of The World team will be captained by Welsh actor and Unicef UK ambassador Michael Sheen, who will lead out superstar chef Gordon Ramsay, former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams.

Soccer Aid was started by Williams and his pal Wilkes and has already raised £17 million for Unicef through donations and profits from ticket sales.

The biennial live event will be hosted by presenter Dermot O'Leary with Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher reporting from the side of the pitch.

The match will be broadcast live on ITV.

Tickets are now on sale for Soccer Aid 2016, call 0845 456 2016 or visit manutd.com/socceraid.

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