Rival coaches Harry Redknapp and Sven-Goran Eriksson were seen taking their players through their paces at the Mottram Hall hotel near Manchester
The stars of Soccer Aid have held their first full training session ahead of Saturday’s big match.
Rival coaches Harry Redknapp and Sven-Goran Eriksson were seen taking their players through their paces at the Mottram Hall hotel near Manchester ahead of the big game at Manchester City’s Etihad stadium on Saturday.
And the styles of coaching were very different as Harry, who has Judy Murray on his coaching team, was seen using tennis racquets and balls for one training drill, whilst at the other end of the pitch Sven made his team play piggy in the middle or rondos as one player had to touch to get the ball in the middle of a circle as teammates passed around him.
The charity football match, between England and WORLD XI features celebrities alongside former professional footballers and has been running since 2006 on ITV.
Former Love Island star Kem Cetinay said: “Yeah I am really looking forward to playing in front of fans, it doesn’t even matter where it is, playing in front of that many fans, that many people, kids, families, parents is the most surreal feeling.
“Walking out and everyone screaming, but obviously the Etihad is a mad stadium! I’ve never actually been there myself but I can’t wait. Honestly the feeling is like no other, you can’t buy that feeling.”
England star Chunkz, who missed in the penalty shoot out last year said: “Well, I was the reason we lost last year so I would love to win. Obviously the most important thing is raising money for UNICEF, an incredible cause but the second most important thing for me, is to win.
“I’m a competitive person and I feel it’s the right level of competitiveness and I would love to win.”
Players this year include Usain Bolt, Olly Murs, Mark Wright, Paddy McGuinness, Sir Mo Farah, Ore Oduba, Joel Dommett, Liv Cooke and Roman Kemp.
And the line-up also has a whole host of football stars including Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Kelly Smith, Roberto Carlos, Patrice Evra, David James, Emile Heskey and Jamie Redknapp.
Harry Redknapp returns as Manager of the Soccer Aid World XI FC with Judy Murray working as a coach, while Micah Richards and David Seaman join the England coaching team with the Sven-Goran Eriksson as England Manager.
Last year World XI FC side won on a penalty shoot out.
Soccer Aid for UNICEF is the biggest celebrity football match in the world.
In the face of a global pandemic, public donations and fundraising could help UNICEF deliver 2 billion Covid-19 vaccines worldwide, get children back to school, beat malnutrition, and get the healthcare they need today and long after the crisis is over.
Since 2006, when UK Ambassador Robbie Williams co-founded the concept, Soccer Aid for UNICEF has raised over £47m to help give children all over the world a childhood full of play.
This year, with the support of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) who are matching all donations up to £6.3 million, the charity is hoping to raise more money than ever for children everywhere, and beat the record breaking £9.3 million that was raised last year.
*Soccer Aid for UNICEF airs live on ITV from 6.30pm on Saturday. You can donate at socceraid.org.uk/donate
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