Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Owen, Seaman, Carragher and Johnson mark St. George’s Day with England return
Michael Owen, David Seaman, Jamie Carragher and Glen Johnson are returning to play for England in the annual charity football match Soccer Aid for Unicef, which is taking place at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 16th June this year.
The England team will be co-managed managed by Sam Allardyce and Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid. They are up against the Soccer Aid World XI, which will be jointly managed by Harry Redknapp and Susanna’s co-presenter, Piers Morgan.
Michael Owen said: “I’m thrilled to be playing in Soccer Aid for Unicef again. It’s a fantastic cause and I’m looking forward to taking on a strong Soccer Aid World XI. After winning it last year, I am hopeful that we will retain the Soccer Aid for Unicef Shield.”
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Manchester United forward will be taking part in his second Soccer Aid for Unicef game, having previously added the Soccer Aid Shield to his FA Cup, UEFA Cup and two League Cups. He made 89 appearances for England, scoring 40 goals – the fifth highest total in England history.
David Seaman, said: “I’m a Soccer Aid for Unicef veteran having played in all the matches since 2006! I’ve always loved being part of the game and I’m looking forward to playing in front of a big London crowd again. The atmosphere at Stamford Bridge was always one I enjoyed and I am sure this match will be the same.”
Seaman has been ever-present in Soccer Aid since its inception in 2006. The former Arsenal man won two Premier League and four FA Cups in his career, whilst representing England at two World Cups. He won 75 caps for his country, including a starring role in Euro ’96.
Jamie Carragher said: “I have loved playing in the Soccer Aid for Unicef match previously and am really excited to be there once again. We have an unbelievable line-up this year and we’re hoping it will be a great day for the fans and that we can help Unicef raise vital funds.”
Carragher makes his second appearance for England in Soccer Aid for Unicef. The ex-Liverpool defender has become a Sky Sports pundit since his retirement and joins another pundit and former Liverpool man Jamie Redknapp in the England side. Carragher played 38 times for his country between 1999 and 2010.
Glen Johnson said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to play in Soccer Aid for Unicef – the first time I’ve been part of the game. This match is always one I’ve always watched over the years, so I’m looking forward to seeing some old faces and meeting some of the celebrities taking part. It’s all for a fantastic cause, so come and watch us!”
Johnson is making his Soccer Aid for Unicef debut and a return to Stamford Bridge, where he was part of the 2004/05 Chelsea side that won the club’s first Premier League title, before a famous FA Cup win with Portsmouth. For England he won 54 caps between 2003 and 2014.
The Soccer Aid World XI will be co-managed by Harry Redknapp and Piers Morgan. So far, the following players have been confirmed: Robbie Keane, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Usain Bolt, Niall Horan, Ricardo Carvalho, Martin Compston, Danny O’Carroll, Billy Wingrove and Kem Cetinay.
Sam Allardyce and Susanna Reid will jointly manage the England side. To-date, the squad is: Jamie Redknapp, Joe Cole, Mo Farah, Joe Wicks, Mark Wright, Jeremy Lynch and Ben Shepherd.
Tickets for Soccer Aid for Unicef 2019 – on Sunday 16th June, at Stamford Bridge – are available now at socceraid.org.uk/tickets/, or by calling 020 7386 2019.
The match will be broadcast live on ITV and STV. The money raised will go towards Unicef’s vital work protecting children in danger around the world. 100% of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children in the UK and globally. £30 million has already been raised by Soccer Aid for Unicef since its inception.
Visit www.socceraid.org.uk to find out more and follow @SoccerAid on Twitter and Instagram, ‘Soccer Aid’ on Facebook and use the hashtag #SoccerAid for regular player and match updates.
Tickets for England v Soccer Aid World XI, on Sunday 16th June at Stamford Bridge, are now on sale via socceraid.org.uk/tickets/