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Celebrity support for Manchester's Soccer Aid

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Soccer Aid united by 'generosity of spirit'

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

Celebs and ex-pros line up for Soccer Aid charity match

Two teams of celebrities, including A-list Hollywood actors and footballing superstars, will play in the Soccer Aid charity football match today.

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

They will be joined by former footballers Graeme Le Saux, Martin Keown, Kevin Phillips, David Seaman, Teddy Sheringham and Des Walker.

Playing for Rest of the World will be: actor Gerard Butler, former boxer Joe Calzaghe, Hollywood stars Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, James McAvoy, and Mike Myers.

They will be joined by football legends Hernan Crespo, Roy Keane, Clarence Seedorf, Jaap Stam, Edwin Van Der Sar and Freddie Ljunberg.

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