Robbie Williams' England side win Soccer Aid match

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The England team celebrate after beating the Rest of the World team at Old Trafford. Photo: Dave Howarth/PA Wire

Robbie Williams' England side beat a team of Hollywood A-listers and football legends 3-1 in the fourth Soccer Aid at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium.

Two teams of celebrities, including actors Will Ferrell, Edward Norton and Michael Sheen, clashed in the game which raised more than £4 million for Unicef.

The Soccer Aid event saw an England side, led by Take That's Williams, play a Rest of the World team.

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The England team celebrate their victory at Old Trafford. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire

Before tonight's game Soccer Aid had raised more than of £6.5 million through ticket sales and donations, with all profits going to Unicef's work helping children across the world.Today the Government pledged to match all the cash raised through donations.

The huge public response to the Soccer Aid appeal shows that those watching tonight's game are united not only by a love of football but by a fantastic generosity of spirit.

We will reflect that spirit by matching pound for pound from our existing aid budget all public donations, helping Unicef reach hundreds of thousands more children in east and west Africa.

– Andrew Mitchell, International Development Secretary

Players on the England team included comedians John Bishop and Paddy McGuinness, singers Olly Murs and Mark Owen, with Robbie Williams as team captain.

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Olly Murs signs an autograph as he is being treated during the Soccer Aid match. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire

They were joined by former footballers including Graeme Le Saux, Martin Keown, Kevin Phillips, David Seaman, Teddy Sheringham and Des Walker, with West Ham manager Sam Allardyce in charge of the team.

Playing for the Rest of the World were actor Gerard Butler, former boxer Joe Calzaghe and Hollywood's Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, James McAvoy, Ed Norton and Mike Myers.

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Mike Myers (left) tackled by Des Walker. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire

Also playing was chef Gordon Ramsay - who was stretchered off the pitch - with star of stage and screen Michael Sheen as captain.

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Gordon Ramsay is carried off during the match at Old Trafford. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire

They were joined by football legends Hernan Crespo, Roy Keane, Clarence Seedorf, Jaap Stam, Edwin Van Der Sar and Freddie Ljungberg, with former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish taking charge of the side.

The first half came to an end with the Rest of the World team 1-0 up, thanks to a great goal from Kasabian guitarist Sergio Pizzorno. The musician got on to the end of a pass from former Arsenal player Freddie Ljungberg and chipped the ball over England goalkeeper David Seaman.

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Jaap Stam (right) and Kevin Phillips. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire

Teddy Sheringham deflected a Graeme Le Saux shot into the back of the net to equalise for England in the second half. Then, just minutes later, Jonathan Wilkes put England 2-1 up.

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Paddy McGuiness, John Bishop and Robbie Williams celebrate. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire

Kevin Phillips rounded off the game with a goal in the 89th minute to seal a 3-1 win for England.