Soccer Aid's Iain Stirling 'abandons' ITV commentary box to end up on pitch

Soccer Aid's Iain Stirling with Alex Scott
-Credit: (Image: ITV)

Iain Stirling 'abandoned' his role as Soccer Aid commentator on Sunday night, to end up on the pitch as a last ditch substitute, much to the shock of his colleague Sam Matterface.

Having played in the England V World XI clash in the past for the away side, Love Island narrator Iain was behind the mic as stars like Boby Brazier, Steven Bartlett, Roman Kemp and Tony Bellew played in the annual fixture, at its new home of Stamford Bridge. As Iain and ITV pundit Sam sat in the stands, the Chelsea turf was also full of footballing greats, with Joe Cole, Jermaine Defoe, Eden Hazard and Alessandro Del Piero also taking part.

Frank Lsmpard's England were determined to put an end to their five year Soccer Aid losing streak and started brightly, with Cole giving England a 1-0 lead after just six minutes. The score ended up being 2-2 at the break, with Hazard and Del Piero scoring for World XI, before Ellen White equalised.

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The goals came thick and fast in the second half, with sub Steven Bartlett netting twice for England, before Billy Wingrove made it 5-3. And it was at that point, having concerned Sam by standing up to exercise on numerous occasions, that Iain took off his suit to reveal a World XI strip underneath, before getting out of his commentary chair and walking down the steps and through the crowd to the touchline.

Sadly for Iain, he could only stand and watch from the off the pitch as Theo Walcott then made it 6-3, before he did eventually come on the field with less than five minutes to go,, but made minimal impact in the final stages of the game.