Hollywood star Sheen becomes World XI assistant boss
Hollywood actor and Soccer Aid veteran Michael Sheen has announced he’s stepping off the pitch and into the management team for Soccer Aid for Unicef this year.
After heading up the World XI team as captain since 2010, the Welsh-born actor has decided to swap the football strip for a suit and tie, and make way for the wealth of talent determined to bring back victory to the World XI this year.
Michael Sheen, Soccer Aid World XI, said: “This year with the likes of Seedorf, Pires, and Van Der Sar on the World XI team, I’ve decided that my talents are best used elsewhere. So I’ve handed the captaincy of the team over to Usain Bolt who is a safe pair of hands – and feet - and to ensure victory, I’m joining the management team!”
“We’re pulling out all the stops for this year’s game, and hoping to raise more money than ever before for Unicef. And best of all, the UK government will match donations pound for pound, to help double the difference your money makes. It’s one game you can’t afford to miss.”
Who else is playing?
The full line-up is yet to be released, but big stars have signed up including Mo Farah, Usain Bolt, Robbie Williams, Olly Murs and Gordon Ramsay. Over the coming weeks, the England v Soccer Aid World XI team sheets will see some of football’s biggest legends and celebrities join the line-ups.
Soccer Aid has previously featured A-list stars such as Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers and Niall Horan, plus footballing royalty including Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho.
When is Soccer Aid? And how do I get a ticket?
Soccer Aid is on June 10, 2018 and will be held at Old Trafford in Manchester.
Tickets are on sale now and are priced between £10 and £50.
They are available at www.manutd.com/socceraid or by calling 0161 444 2018 (calls charged at standard geographical rates)
The match will be screened live on ITV.
What does the money raised from Soccer Aid go towards?
All public donations to Soccer Aid will go towards Unicef's work protecting children in the UK and globally.
An incredible £24 million has already been raised through the event over the last 12 years.