The Rest of World XI defeated England 3-0 in the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2021 charity match at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.
England was managed by former national team boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and captained by Wayne Rooney, with Harry Redknapp helping to take over the world eleven.
Both teams – including a mix of celebrities and other famous names like Olympic sprinter champion Usain Bolt – kneeled on their knees before kick-off to the applause of the spectators at the Etihad Stadium.
In the 10th minute, World XI captain Bolt was pulled back from the edge of the penalty area by former Manchester United defender Gary Neville and conceded a free kick that Dutchman Clarence Seedorf rattled against the crossbar.
England threatened long-range efforts from freestyler Harriet Pavlou before reality TV star Mark Wright, who had a spell at Crawley last season, fired.
Bolt shot into the side-netting after playing one-on-one against England goalkeeper David James, while singer-songwriter James Bay also missed on the other end after being picked by Shaun Wright-Phillips.
In the second half, celebrities went in, with presenter Ore Oduba sent for World XI while Joel Dommett, presenter of the TV show The Masked Singer, stood in for England, with Paddy McGuinness injured and Roman Kemp after a positive Covid -Test was not available
Moderator Stephen Mulhern was then introduced as England’s “Masked Winger”, but – still in his bulky costume – soon received a yellow card for rattling Darren Fletcher.
Dutchman Nigel de Jong saw his cross through the box and onto the far post before Love Island’s Kem Cetinay made it into the 51 net.
Mulhern was physically carried away when Sir Mo Farah came on, with 2020 Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock also another replacement. However, Farah soon seemed to have sore muscles and limped away.
Oduba rescued Rooney and his former England international Joe Cole before Cetinay scored a second goal with a flat finish in the corner after playing Bay 15 minutes from time.
Jamie Carragher sent Rooney late, but England’s all-time scorer flashed.
Comedian Lee Mack missed two good chances before finally scooping a third for the world team in the last minute.
After the game, it was announced that the event grossed a record £ 13,014,769, the highest value in Soccer Aid’s 10-year history.
Football Aid 2021
- Football Aid 2021: Who is playing?
- England XI: David James, James Bay, Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Mark Wright, Olly Murs, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Harriet Pavlou, James Arthur, Shaun Wright-Phillips
- World XI: Shay Given, Yungblud, Dermot Kennedy, Pablo Zabaleta, Tom Grennan, Clarence Seedorf, Patrice Evra, Roberto Carlos, Julie Fleeting, Big Zuu, Usain Bolt
- TARGET! World XI guided tour of Kem Cetinay after a howl from Joel Dommett!
- TARGET! World XI doubles its lead and it’s Kem Cetinay again, this time with a great finish!
- TARGET! Lee Mack made it 3-0 for World XI, a nice template from Darren Fletcher
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FULL TIME – England 0-3 World XI
Lee Mack celebrates a convincing 3-0 victory for World XI after Kem’s double.
England have been very disappointing overall but the main thing is the money in the game tonight.
Thomas FentonSeptember 4, 2021 9:51 PM
TARGET! England 0-3 World XI
Lee Mack missed goal twice – and missed twice.
Fortunately, minutes later, the not-going-out star finally takes a break to transform Fletcher’s flank.
After three years of punishment, finally redemption.
Thomas FentonSeptember 4, 2021 9:49 PM
Rooney is on fire!
Clean through the gate, the United legend leans back and fires his shot over the crossbar.
It wasn’t Wayne Rooney’s – or England – day.
Thomas FentonSeptember 4, 2021 9:43 PM
80 ‘- England 0-2 world eleven
Not long for England to score here.
If anything, it’s the Three Lions who seem tiresome, especially on defense.
A third goal for the WXI would surely complete this.
Thomas FentonSeptember 4, 2021 9:41 PM
A MOTM performance?
The former Love Island contestant has been the difference between the two teams so far – and he’s still on his way to the hat trick.
Carragher is lucky enough to avoid a card after getting Kem through the gate without a mistake.
Thomas FentonSeptember 4, 2021 9:37 PM
TARGET! England 0-2 World XI
This time it’s a great finish, right into the bottom corner of the mesh.
There wasn’t much Dommett could do about it.
Thomas FentonSeptember 4, 2021 9:33 PM
70 ‘- England 0-1 world eleven
Jamie Redknapp and Joe Cole are now on duty for England. Kelly Smith also replaces her former English teammate Faye Williams.
The Three Lions begin to work their way back into the game.
Thomas FentonSeptember 4, 2021 9:28 PM
65 ‘- Farah is injured
Just 10 minutes after coming on, Farah was forced off the field with an apparent injury.
Aitch is now back in action to replace the three-time Olympic champion.
Thomas FentonSeptember 4, 2021 9:25 PM
The hour mark – England 0 – 1 World XI
Olympians Max Whitlock and Mo Farah are now there for England.
Kem has another shot on goal, but luckily for Dommett he whizzes just past the goal. World XI midfielder Chelsea Grimes is the standout second-half player so far.
Thomas FentonSeptember 4, 2021 9:22 PM
The guided tour …
The leading goal of the game – and it doesn’t get any better the longer you watch it.
Thomas FentonSeptember 4, 2021 9:17 PM