Thursday 17 January 2019

Find out who is playing for England and the Rest Of The World as Socceraid

Eric Cantona. Photo: John Giles
Eric Cantona. Photo: John Giles

Michéal Ó Scannail

The soccer aid 2018 teams have been announced and feature a myriad of famous faces including Eric Cantona’s return to Old Trafford on Sunday June 10th.

The biennial event sees England take on Soccer Aid World XI, with teams compiled of legendary former footballers and celebrities from all walks of life.

The project was conceived by Robbie Williams who has taken part every year since its inception in 2006  and all funds raised go, in conjunction with Unicef, to the protection of thousands of children worldwide.

The event, which has raised almost €28 million since its beginnings has traditionally showcased a multitude of familiar faces and this year is no exception.

The Take That star returns this year to captain his English side which includes the likes Mo Farah, Olly Murs and Mark Wright. The Three Lions side will also appeal to football fans, with David Seaman, Phil Neville and Ballon D’Or winner Michael Owen all making appearances.

England have been triumphant in four of the six events thus far even though he Rest of World team, in most years, has been compiled of the bigger stars.

This year, World XI celebrities from all over the globe include Usain Bolt, who will captain the side and Gordon Ramsay. Dan Carter, is also expected to play having rested a minor hamstring injury in Racing 92’s Champions Cup final loss to Leinster. 

Two Manchester United legends, Edwin van der Sar and Eric Cantona return to the theatre of dreams for the Rest of World team along with the likes of Jaap Stam, Yaya Touré and Patrick Kluivert.

There has been yet no announcements of any Irish representatives however in previous years Soccer Aid have announced surprise inclusions in the days leading up to the event. The current full teams, can be seen below.

The money raised by soccer aid has had huge effects globally. So far it has contributed to 13.8 million people being supplied with clean drinking water and 10,500 million schools having upgraded washing facilities. 

Robbie Williams said in a promotional video that “with your support we’ll help children in danger around the world.”

It has also contributed to 2.71 million vaccine doses across 100 countries being distributed, reaching 40 percent of all children in the world.

You can donate to the cause at here and purchase tickets to the event at

England : Football legends- David Seaman, Wes Brown, Phil Neville, Jamie Redknapp, Danny Murphy, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen. Celebrities- Robbie Williams (captain), Joe Wicks, Mark Wright, Paddy McGuinness, Mo Farah, Olly Murs, Damian Lewis.

Unicef World XI: Football legends- Eric Cantona, Edwin van der Sar, Jaap Stam, Clarence Seedorf, Yaya Touré, Robert Pirès, Patrick Kluivert. Celebrities- Usain Bolt (captain), Gordon Ramsay, Brendan Cole, Kevin Pietersen, Dan Carter.

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