Soccer Aid 2021 LIVE – England vs World XI: Build-up, updates, result
Soccer Aid 2021 LIVE: England look to avenge back-to-back penalty shoot-out defeats as Wayne Rooney and Co take on the World XI – led by Roberto Carlos and Usain Bolt
- England take on the World XI in Soccer Aid 2021 at the Etihad this evening
- Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher all start for England
- The World XI features Patrice Evra, Roberto Carlos and Clarence Seedorf
- England were beaten by the Rest of the World XI on penalties last year
Soccer Aid is back and England are looking to reclaim the trophy at the Etihad after back-to-back penalty shoot-out defeats by the World XI.
Both teams boast a star-studded line-up, with Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes lining up for England against Roberto Carlos and Clarence Seedorf for the Rest of the World.
Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville start at centre back while there’s also space in the England team for singers Olly Murs and James Bay. The World XI features singer Tom Grennan and Olympic champion Usain Bolt.
Follow Sportsmail’s SAM BLITZ for live coverage of Soccer Aid 2021, as England take on the Rest of the World XI, including build-up, team news and updates.
The team news is in and what a set of combinations we have in store!
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher will start the match partnering each other at centre-back for England. James Bay and TOWIE’s Mark Wright are either side of them. James Arthur will start up front with Shaun Wright-Phillips.
For the World XI, Patrice Evra and Roberto Carlos will start in midfield, Usain Bolt leads the line alongside rapper Big Zuu. Fellow music star Yungblud will help out Pablo Zabaleta in defence.
Here’s the full list below:
England (4-4-2): James; Bay, Neville, Carragher, Wright; Murs, Scholes, Rooney, Pavlou; Arthur, Wright-Phillips
Subs: Williams, Farah, Dommett, Aitch, Chunkz, J. Cole, Whitlock, J. Redknapp, Smith
Manager: Sven-Goran Eriksson
World XI (4-3-3): Given; Yungblud, Kennedy, Zabaleta, Grennan; Seedorf, Evra, Carlos; Big Zuu, Bolt, Fleeting
Subs: De Jong, Fletcher, Morgan, Moe Wold, Cetinay, Oduba, Grimes, Compston, Keane, Mack
Manager: Harry Redknapp
Last year was heartbreaking for England, with comedian Lee Mack missing a penalty for the third year in a row for the Three Lions.
Mack, coincidentally, is now appearing for the Rest of the World side this evening. I don’t think he will be the first name on the spot kick team list if it goes that far.
Who said football goes away during the international break?
SoccerAid is back for another year, this time at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
England are looking for revenge after losing on penalties to the Rest of the World, with both sides putting out a mix of international football names and celebrity stars.
Excited? We are.
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