WAYNE ROONEY will make his playing comeback in the 2021 edition of Soccer Aid.
The popular charity match is set to take place on Saturday, September 4 in front of what could be a full house at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.
Wayne Rooney will step onto the pitch after coaching last year’s England teamCredit: Getty
Gary Neville and Paul Scholes will join Rooney at Soccer Aid 2021Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
The Derby manager, 35, was part of the England coaching team in last year’s match as fans raised a record £9.3million for UNICEF.
And he will feature alongside Manchester United alumni Paul Scholes and Gary Neville plus Jamie Redknapp, Fara Williams, David James, Ashley Cole, Kelly Smith and Emile Heskey for the home team.
Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt is signed up to the World XI side with Roberto Carlos and Patrice Evra.
Rooney said: “Pulling on an England shirt is always special, so I’m absolutely delighted to be doing that again in Soccer Aid for UNICEF this September.
“Managing the England team last year was great but being around the players made me want to lace up the boots again – now I’ve got that chance, one last time.
“Soccer Aid for UNICEF has been a massive force for good since it started back in 2006 and I know the public will support us again this year by purchasing tickets, which are now on sale.”
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Harry Redknapp is on board to manage the World XI with Micah Richards and David Seaman among the England backroom team.
Plenty of celebrity faces will appear including James Arthur, Tom Grennan, Olly Murs, Mark Wright, Paddy McGuinness, Ore Oduba, Kem Cetinay, Liv Cooke, Roman Kemp and Chunkz.
Alex Scott and Maya Jama are also signed up to provide the analysis alongside presenter Dermot O’Leary.
It will be the tenth edition of Soccer Aid with over £47m raised through the charity series so far, a point recognised by former defender Neville.
Soccer Aid favourite Usain Bolt will feature in ManchesterCredit: Getty Images – Getty
World XI claimed a penalty shootout victory in 2020Credit: Getty
The Sky Sports pundit remarked: “Just when I thought my days of being booed by City fans had passed!
“I’m hoping that my hamstrings hold out for more than five minutes, to be honest.
“Also, I need to get through the next few months without Micah Richards sounding-off in my ear too much! All joking aside, we’re all playing for a hugely important cause – UNICEF.
“Their work is as important now as it has ever been, so please buy a ticket and come along – it will be great fun.”
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