One Direction makes Sunderland stop for rehearsal... and a kick about

Niall Horan on the pitch

One Direction, the world’s biggest boyband, made a flying visit to Wearside, a week before the opening night of the UK leg of their ‘Where We Are’ World Tour at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

Naill Horan at the SAFC grounds

Harry, Zayn, Liam, Niall and Louis visited the football grounds to rehearse. They had a kick around and Niall posted these pictures to his Instagram account.

Over 50,000 fans are expected at the gig.