James Arthur, Tom Grennan, Fara Williams, Micah Richards, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have announced they will be taking part in Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2021 – the first time they have been part of the world’s biggest celebrity-charity football match. They will be joined by Wayne Rooney who is coming out of retirement to play for England again. Dermot O’Leary returns to host the live show on ITV, with England legend Alex Scott charged with getting all the gossip from the touch-line, as she makes her Soccer Aid for UNICEF presenting debut alongside him. The England vs. Soccer Aid World XI FC clash is the tenth-ever, taking place on a Saturday September 4 at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. The money raised this year could help UNICEF deliver 2 billion Covid-19 vaccines around the world and help children get back to school, beat malnutrition and get the healthcare they need both today and long after the crisis is over.
- We are rolling out the blue carpet.
- And where better to do that than at the Etihad Stadium, home of the Premier League Champions, Manchester City.
- I'm playing for England alongside loads of new faces.
TOM GRENNAN: Like me.
FARA WILLIAMS: And me.
JAMES ARTHUR: Me.
- GARY NEVILLE: And me.
- And of course, all your Soccer Aid favorites are back too.
- This year, it's all of us against COVID for every child everywhere.
- Hello. Delayed reaction.
- That's it for the champ. See, he looks absolutely devastated by that.
- It's another blow to [INAUDIBLE] victory. Support for Emile Heskey in the center. Might just run for James Bay who's just arrived.
- Hatless. And towards Yung Filly with a real chance. And he equalizes it!
- Beautifully taken. Very, very keen finish. We've had two goals in the span of three minutes in the second half. And it's even [INAUDIBLE]. I just love what it means to Yung Filly and his best mate, Chunkz. Wonderful moment for the pair of them.