Fans – including us – were left devastated when One Direction announced their hiatus last year, but now Niall Horan has formed a temporary group to keep him occupied until the reunion with his former band mates.
The 22-year-old singer has formed a group, aptly named ‘One Lad and 2 Dads’, with comedian John Bishop and TV presenter Paddy McGuinness.
Sharing the announcement on Twitter, alongside their first official group photo, Bishop wrote: “New boy band – me NiallOfficial and PaddyMcGuinness – we are called One Lad and 2 Dads.”
While Niall faces zero competition in the vocal stakes here (sorry guys), there’s bound to be some friendly rivalry between the trio on the pitch this weekend.
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When the whistle blows at the Soccer Aid tournament, Horan will be playing for the ‘Rest of the World’ team alongside Martin Sheen, Iwan Rheon, AP McCoy, Sean Fletcher, Patrick Kielty, Nicky Byrne and Sergio Pizzorno.
Over on the ‘England’ side, Louis Tomlinson, Jack Whitehall, Jonathan Wilkes, Robbie Williams, Danny Murphy, Ben Shephard, Olly Murs, Mark Wright and Marvin Humes will join Bishop and McGuinness.
Aside from giving everyone #SQUADGOALS, the opposing teams have been keeping fans up-to-date with their off pitch antics, so this is just the latest in a long list of schemes that they’ve been cooking up in preparation for the big game.
Soccer Aid 2016 takes place at Old Trafford on 5 June 2016 and benefits Unicef, the world’s leading organisation for children.
The match will be broadcast live on ITV, with coverage, including clips from the week of training sessions, starting from 6pm.