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The players to watch at Soccer Aid 2019!

The players to watch at Soccer Aid 2019!

Our scouts have sized up the celebs playing on ITV, but who should your club sign?

Can England defeat the Soccer Aid World Eleven when they go head to head at Stamford Bridge?

Soccer Aid 2019, Sunday 16 June, 6.30pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113). Also available for 7 days in Catch Up > Channels > ITV Hub

A winning combination of beautiful people and the beautiful game, Soccer Aid has been an unmissable sporting spectacle since it first kicked off in 2006. After all, where else can you watch reality TV stars getting wiped out by ex-pros, all in the name of UNICEF?


This year’s showdown at Stamford Bridge is all set up to be a dazzling encounter packed with big names. And that’s just in the dugout. England, managed by Susanna Reid and ex-Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce, are going up against a Soccer Aid World Eleven side coached by Harry Redknapp and Reid’s Good Morning Britain co-presenter Piers Morgan.


On the pitch you’ll find a wealth of star talent, including former professionals Jamie Redknapp, Michael Owen, Didier Drogba and Robert Pires. And this year’s celebrity participants are just as impressive, with the likes of Mo Farah, Usain Bolt, Ben Shephard, Mark Wright and Niall Horan all battling it out on the pitch for a great cause.


But what if you’re a Premier League manager looking to make a summer signing? Now that the transfer window is open, Soccer Aid is a great opportunity to assess some, ahem, unconventional players on the market. If you need a reality TV star to boost your midfield, or want a lightning-fast Olympic champion to add some pace to your side, we’ve got the lowdown on the stars to watch this Sunday…


England Divider Soccer Aid

Mo Farah

Who are ya? Olympic long-distance running champion

Previous Soccer Aid appearances: 1

Need a midfield engine who will keep on running while everyone else is reaching for the oxygen masks? Few athletes in the history of sport have possessed the remarkable stamina of Sir Mo. When a game starts getting a bit leggy, that’s where this marathon maestro comes into his own.


Ben Shephard

Who are ya? Presenter of Goals On Sunday and Tipping Point

Previous Soccer Aid appearances: 7

He might forever look 13 years old, but Shephard is a veteran of Soccer Aid. If you’re looking for experience on the big stage, he’s got bags of it. But be warned: in 2016 he was the first ever player to be sent off in a Soccer Aid match. Behind that primetime-friendly personality he’s got a nasty streak.


Mark Wright

Soccer Aid player Mark Wright

Who are ya? 
Former star of The Only Way Is Essex

Previous Soccer Aid appearances: 2

An ex-West Ham, Arsenal and Spurs trainee, Wright is no mug when it comes to playing footy at a decent level. A hard-working left-back who scored a screamer in 2016, expect his post-match grooming regime to hold up the team bus when you’re desperately trying to get out of Grimsby.


Marvin Humes

Who are ya? One quarter of pop group JLS

Previous Soccer Aid appearances: 3

Singer, dancer, DJ and TV presenter, Humes is the kind of versatile star every squad needs. But could he do it on a cold, wet Tuesday night in Burnley? Having got through to The X-Factor final, he can do anything.


Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks
Joe Wicks
Soccer Aid player Joe Wicks

Who are ya? 
Fitness supremo

Previous Soccer Aid appearances: 1

If your players think a bit of tomato and cucumber in their 3am kebab is the height of healthiness, Joe Wicks will sort them out. Not only does he have the body, he’s got a cool head too. In last year’s win for England he scored a vital penalty in the shootout.


Rest of the world divider Soccer Aid

Usain Bolt

Soccer Aid player Usain Bolt

Who are ya? 
The fastest man in the world

Previous Soccer Aid appearances: 2

In today’s fast-paced, end-to-end world of professional football, speed is everything. So why not sign literally the fastest man on the planet? Having played a friendly for Australian side Central Coast Mariners, Bolt’s proved he’s also pretty handy with a ball at his feet. Catch him if you can.


Ant Middleton

Who are ya? SAS tough guy

Previous Soccer Aid appearances: 0

The kind of man who would force you to sign him just by shouting at you relentlessly, Middleton would give even Roy Keane a run for his money in the hard man stakes. Could get on the wrong side of teammates by demanding extra training sessions. Drop him from the team at your peril.


Kem Cetinay

Soccer Aid player Kem Cetinay

Who are ya?
 Love Island 2017 winner

Previous Soccer Aid appearances: 0

Get past the constant flogging of protein supplements and you’ll find an upbeat player who could do wonders for team morale. Always found with a smile on his face, Kem also knows the best destinations for a bit of squad bonding.


DJ Locksmith

Who are ya? DJ in the dance music group Rudimental

Previous Soccer Aid appearances: 0

With a name like DJ Locksmith, this master of the decks is adept at unlocking even the most watertight of defences. Having previously played at a semi-professional level, could he be the key to your team’s success? Yes, yes he could.


Martin Compston

Soccer Aid player Martin Compston

Who are ya? 
Line Of Duty actor

Previous Soccer Aid appearances: 4

A familiar face to Soccer Aid fans, Compston’s determination is just like that of his character in Line Of Duty, DS Steve Arnott. With such a strong moral core, he doesn’t take to divers too kindly and would likely help quell any unrest in the changing room.



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