Louis Tomlinson to play in England’s Soccer Aid football team

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Louis Tomlinson is to join England’s squad for Soccer Aid 2016.

The One Direction singer will play in the charity football match against a Rest Of The World team on 5 June at Old Trafford, broadcast live on ITV.

“I’m really excited to play in this year’s Soccer Aid event,” he says, in a press release. “Unicef as a charity, and its workers, continue to amaze me and helping even in this small way is a privilege.”

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The England side will be partly managed by Robbie Williams, who is Unicef’s UK ambassador. Also representing England are: pop star Olly Murs, TV and Heart FM presenter Mark Wright, pop star and presenter Marvin Humes; comedian Paddy McGuinness, Jonathan Wilkes, GMB’s Ben Shephard, comedians Jack Whitehall and John Bishop with TV and Heart FM presenter Jamie Theakston in goal.

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The Rest Of The World team is being captained by Welsh actor and Unicef ambassador Michael Sheen.

The match will not be Tomlinson’s first appearance on the pitch, having previously played in a charity football match for Championship side Doncaster Rovers. The singer had to be subbed off following a tackle by Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor. He was seen vomiting on the side of the pitch after sustaining an injury.

Tomlinson recently drew the ire of Rovers supporters after it emerged that he won a contest to design the football club’s new away kit. Some fans complained that the vote was “rigged” but the Rovers insisted that the process was “fair and above board”.

Soccer Aid was established by Robbie Williams and has raised more than £17m for Unicef through donations and ticket sales.

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