Wayne Rooney will lace up his boots for England as soon as extra when he takes half in Soccer Support 2021 later this yr.
The Derby boss, who’s the Three Lions’ file scorer with 53 objectives, was the supervisor in final yr’s Unicef fund-raiser, which the World XI received through a penalty shoot-out at Previous Trafford.
Fara Williams, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes will staff up with Rooney, whereas Micah Richards will be a part of England’s teaching staff and Usain Bolt might be again for his third look within the celeb match on the Etihad Stadium in September.
Rooney mentioned: “Pulling on an England shirt is at all times particular, so I’m completely delighted to be doing that once more in Soccer Support for Unicef.
“Managing the England staff final yr was nice however being across the gamers made me wish to lace up the boots once more – now I’ve bought that probability, one final time.”
Harry Redknapp will return as World XI supervisor and Kelly Smith, Roberto Carlos, Patrice Evra, David James, Ashley Cole, Emile Heskey and Jamie Redknapp are among the many former gamers participating.
The celebrities embrace James Arthur, Tom Grennan, Olly Murs, Mark Wright, Paddy McGuinness, Ore Oduba, Kem Cetinay, Liv Cooke, Roman Kemp, Chunkz and Maya Jama as a pundit.
Richards mentioned: “Usain Bolt operating at Gary Neville? Rooney out of retirement? Me making my teaching debut. What extra would you like? That is going to be so good.”
Neville added: “Simply after I thought my days of being booed by City followers had handed. I’m hoping my hamstrings maintain out for greater than 5 minutes, to be sincere.”
Since Unicef UK ambassador Robbie Williams co-founded the idea in 2006, Soccer Support has raised over £47million.
Final yr’s sport at Previous Trafford, which noticed the World XI retain their trophy, raised a record-breaking £9.3m.
The cash raised this yr may assist Unicef ship two billion Covid-19 vaccines to frontline healthcare and social staff and lecturers around the globe.