Soccer Aid 2024: Who is Karen Carney playing for England?

Karen Carney is playing for England at Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2024
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Soccer Aid is back as a host of celebrities battle it out on the pitch in the charity football match.

The game will feature two teams of former professionals and stars in an England and World XI match to help aid charity UNICEF.

Among those taking part in the game at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, in London, on 9 June is former footballer Karen Carney.

The now sports journalist who played as a winger and midfielder and had stints at Arsenal, Birmingham City and Chelsea will be lacing up her boots again for the game.

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Karen also played 144 times for England and featured in the 2019 World Cup and was also part of the 2012 Great Britain Olympics team.

Since retiring the footballer is now a regular broadcaster for both men’s and women’s live football matches for ITV, Sky Sports Amazon Prime and has commentated on Champions League matches for CBS Sports.

Karen was born in Birmingham and has a degree from Loughborough University in Sports and Exercise Science. She also graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a Master of Science in Sports Psychology with a specialisation in Performance Psychology in 2013.

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to football.

Karen Carney will be seen taking part in Soccer Aid again
Karen Carney will be seen taking part in Soccer Aid again -Credit:Getty Images

The 13th edition of Soccer Aid will raise money for UNICEF where the money will be used to help children receive the best start in life.

Returning players for the England team include Sir Mo Farah and Steven Bartlett joining footballing legends Jermain Defoe, Jill Scott (Captain), David James (Professional Goalkeeper), Gary Cahill, Joe Cole and Karen Carney.

New signings for this summer include King of the Jungle Sam Thompson, cricketer Stuart Broad, Strictly Come Dancing star Bobby Brazier and former Chelsea icon Eden Hazard.

You’ll also spot Miniminter, Paddy McGuiness (Celebrity Goalkeeper), David Seaman (Goalkeeping Coach), Tom Grennan, Jack Wilshere, Alex Brooker, Erin Doherty, Steven Bartlett, Danny Dyer, Theo Walcott and Ellen White on the pitch.

The World XI FC line-up features celebs and former pros including returning team favourites Usain Bolt (Captain), Jesus Perez (Coach), Roman Kemp, Martin Compston, Lee Mack, Theo Baker, Tommy Fury, Maisie Adam, Eden Hazard, Diamond, Roberto Carlos, Kaylyn Kyle, John Obi Mikel, Jason Manford, Petr Cech, Patrice Evra and Michel Essein.

Frank Lampard joins Harry Redknapp and Robbie Williams as England manager and facing them down will be Mauricio Pochettino, returning as manager for Soccer Aid World XI.

The live show will be hosted by UNICEF UK Ambassador Dermot O’Leary, who will be joined by Alex Scott with Sam Matterface and Iain Stirling commenting again.

Soccer Aid takes place on Sunday 9 June at Stamford Bridge.