Soccer Aid returns with Robbie Williams, Liam Payne, Alex Brooker and Usain Bolt

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Watch: Celebrities playing in this year's Soccer Aid are announced

Soccer Aid is back this summer with a celeb-packed line-up that includes a special half-time performance of Angels from Robbie Williams.

Co-founder of the charity game Williams is an ambassador for UNICEF, the organisation the event benefits, and will treat fans to some mid-match entertainment by singing his classic hit.

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Williams, encouraging fans to buy tickets, said: "I already know that it is going to be one of the most special nights of my career."

He'll be joined on the pitch this year by One Direction's Liam Payne, who will captain the England team and go up against regular Soccer Aid player Usain Bolt, who captains the World XI FC.

Robbie Williams is the co-founder of Soccer Aid. (Soccer Aid)
Robbie Williams is the co-founder of Soccer Aid. (Soccer Aid)
Usain Bolt makes his return to the Olympic Stadium. (Soccer Aid)
Usain Bolt makes his return to the Olympic Stadium. (Soccer Aid)

It's a homecoming match for sprinter bolt, as for the first time ever this year's match will be held at the London Stadium where the 2012 Olympics was held and which saw him win Gold 10 years ago.

He said: "Hello London! I had the pleasure of competing in the London Stadium as an athlete many times including the 2012 Olympic Games. The crowd were amazing every time I competed there and created a special energy and atmosphere. I look forward to returning in June to play again for the Soccer Aid World XI FC."

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Comedian Alex Brooker is a first-time player for the England team and will be the first physically disabled player to take part in Soccer Aid.

Alex Brooker will become the charity match's first disabled player. (Soccer Aid)
Alex Brooker will become the charity match's first disabled player. (Soccer Aid)

Brooker said: "I’m so excited to be a part of Soccer Aid for UNICEF. I’ve watched it for years and I’m proud that I will be the first physically disabled person to play in the match.

"When I was a baby, my parents didn’t even know if I’d end up being able to walk, so to be involved in something like this is special.

"I should add that I’m right footed and don’t have a right foot, so I’m not gonna be a game changer! But I just can’t wait to be involved."

Liam Payne captains the England team. (Soccer Aid)
Liam Payne captains the England team. (Soccer Aid)

Harry Redknapp also joins the England team as manager this year, having guided the World XI to a win in the last three matches.

This is the 11th Soccer Aid and so far each team has five wins to their name, so it will edge one side into the lead.

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Other players signed up for England include Lucien Laviscount, Tom Grennan, Chunkz, Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Fara Williams, Joe Cole and David Seaman as goalkeeper coach.

Dermot O'Leary and Alex Scott present. (Soccer Aid)
Dermot O'Leary and Alex Scott present. (Soccer Aid)

The World XI will be managed by Arsene Wenger and also includes Martin Compston, Mo Gilligan, Chelcee Grimes, Patrice Evra and Robbie Keane, with more players for both sides due to be announced.

Dermot O'Leary hosts the match coverage, Alex Scott returns as pitchside reporter, and Maya Jama serves as pundit.

It will raise money for UNICEF, supporting projects around the world protecting children including providing vaccines and helping those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

Soccer Aid takes place on 12 June and will air on ITV, with tickets for the match available at www.socceraid.org.uk/tickets.

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