Soccer Aid 2016: Louis Tomlinson And The England Squad Defeat Niall Horan's Rest Of The World Team

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Crowds of nearly 70,000 turned out to Manchester United’s Old Trafford on Sunday night (June 5) to watch two teams of celebrities go head-to-head in the Soccer Aid charity match.

Former Take That band member Robbie Williams, comedian Bradley Walsh and Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce were in charge of the England team featuring Louis Tomlinson, Damien Lewis, Ben Shephard, Danny Jones, Jack Whitehall, Jamie Theakston, John Bishop, Jonathan Wilkes, Mark Wright, Marvin Humes, Olly Murs and Paddy McGuinness.

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While One Direction singer Niall Horan co-managed the Rest Of The World team alongside Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, who were joined on the pitch by Patrick Kielty, Iwan Rheon, Sir AP McCoy, Matthew Morrison, Michael Sheen, Nicky Byrne, Rickie Haywood-Williams, Sergio Pizzorno, Shayne Ward, Sean Fletcher, Thom Evans and Gareth Thomas.

Footballers past and present supported both teams, while displaying some seriously fancy footwork, but it was a scorching free kick from England’s Mark Wright that opened the scoring.

Shortly after, though, the team faced a setback when Ben Shephard became the first person to be sent off in Soccer Aid history, after receiving two yellow cards; allowing the Rest Of The World to get back on track with two goals from former Manchester United player Dimitar Berbatov.

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One Direction fans were sent into meltdown when bandmates Louis Tomlinson, 24, and Niall Horan, 22, faced off against each other in the final 15 minutes of the game, with Zayn Malik’s Pillow Talk being blasted into the stadium at one point.

However, it was Sunderland’s Jemain Defoe, a late addition to the England squad, who scored twice ensuring that England claimed back the much-coveted Soccer Aid trophy with an England v Rest Of The World: 3-2 win.

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Unfortunately ‘One Lad and Two Dads’ didn’t perform at the event, but the incredible £5.4 million raised so far – smashing all previous on the night totals - will continue to help Unicef provide children with life-saving food, vaccines and clean water, as well as protecting them from violence, exploitation and abuse.

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