Soccer Aid squads in full as former Liverpool stars feature at Stamford Bridge

Ex Liverpool keeper David James will be at Soccer Aid 2024
-Credit: (Image: Soccer Aid)

Soccer Aid is set to kick off this Sunday, with the full line-ups revealing a host of former Liverpool stars ready to participate.

Conceived by Robbie Williams, Soccer Aid was born in 2006 as a charity match to raise funds for UNICEF. The annual fixture sees England face off against their rivals, Soccer Aid World XI FC, and over the years, the match has featured footballing icons such as Gianfranco Zola, Francesco Totti, Roberto Carlos, and even the late, great Diego Maradona.

The match has become known for its star-studded line-up, with big names from the worlds of film, television, and music going head-to-head with football's finest. Hollywood stars like Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, and Damian Lewis are just some of the celebrities who have taken part since the game's inception.

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In addition to the usual celebrity participants, this year's showdown will feature several ex-Premier League players from Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Spurs. On the sidelines, it'll be an all-Stamford Bridge affair, with Frank Lampard managing England and former Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino returning to his role as manager of the World XI while Jesus Perez, Pochettino's assistant at Chelsea, will also be in the dugout.

Liverpool's past is represented by ex-goalkeeper David James and Joe Cole, who will also be returning to Stamford Bridge after several successful years there. Chelsea's hall of fame is heavily represented though with the likes of Eden Hazard, Petr Cech, Michael Essien, Gary Cahill, John Obi Mikel as well as Chelsea Women's star Karen Carney.

Joe Cole will be at Soccer Aid 2024
Joe Cole will be at Soccer Aid 2024 -Credit:AFP via Getty Images

They'll be joined by Tottenham's former forward Jermain Defoe, Arsenal veterans David Seaman and Jack Wilshere, and England Women's icon Jill Scott, with Harry Redknapp providing managerial insight alongside Lampard and Robbie Williams.

The event isn't just for football royalty; it also attracts stars from other spheres. Olympic legends Usain Bolt and Sir Mo Farah, DJ Roman Kemp, actor Martin Compston, podcaster and ex-boxer Tony Bellew, boxer Tommy Fury, and entrepreneur Steven Bartlett are set to play. New to the squad in 2024 are cricket's Stuart Broad, reality TV's Sam Thompson, and Strictly's Bobby Brazier.

This year, the England squad will be donning a specially designed Euro '96 kit remake for the match, which is scheduled just five days before the Euro 2024 kick-off in Germany. The World XI will also sport a unique and limited edition Adidas kit.

Karen Carney is playing for England at Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2024 and is in the new look kit for the event
Karen Carney is playing for England at Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2024 and is in the new look kit for the event -Credit:©UNICEF/Soccer Aid Productions/Stella Pictures

Since its inception in 2006, England have clinched victory five times, although their last win was back in 2018. The World XI have triumphed seven times, with last year marking their fifth consecutive championship title.

The previous fixture saw the World XI secure a 4-2 victory. As always, all proceeds from the event will go towards Unicef's efforts to protect children from disease and malnutrition, support their mental health, and provide assistance during crises in war-torn countries.

England Team

  • Frank Lampard

  • Harry Redknapp

  • David Seaman

  • Vicky McClure

  • Robbie Williams

  • Skills coach: Billy Wingrove

  • Jill Scott

  • Paddy McGuinness

  • David James

  • David Seaman

  • Jermaine Defoe

  • Jack Wilshire

  • Karen Carney

  • Gary Cahill

  • Tom Grennan

  • Steven Bartlett

  • Erin Doherty

  • Sir Mo Farah

  • Alex Brooker

  • Stuart Broad

  • Bobby Brazier

  • Sam Thompson

World XI Team

  • Mauricio Pochettino

  • Jesus Perez

  • Skills coach: Billy Wingrove

  • Captain: Usain Bolt

  • Maisie Adam

  • Theo Baker

  • Tony Bellew

  • Roberto Carlos

  • Petr Cech

  • Martin Compston

  • Alessandro Del Piero

  • Diamond

  • Michael Essien

  • Patrice Evra

  • Tommy Fury

  • Eden Hazard

  • Roman Kemp

  • Kaylyn Kyle

  • Lee Mack

  • Jason Manford

  • John Obi Mikel

  • Emmett J. Scanlan

UNICEF UK Ambassador Dermot O'Leary will host the live show, joined by UNICEF UK High Profile Supporter, Alex Scott. You can catch the action live on Sunday, June 9 at 6pm on ITV, ITVX and STV.

Tickets are available now.