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Soccer Aid returns tonight when two teams combining former footballers and celebrities compete to win a trophy and raise money as part of the annual fundraising match.

Legendary ex-professionals taking part include Brazilian Roberto Carlos, former England captain John Terry, Republic of Ireland record goalscorer Robbie Keane and Eric Cantona, who has turned to acting since ending his Manchester United career.

Forward Didier Drogba will receive a hero’s welcome at Chelsea, where he scored more than 100 goals and won the Champions League in 2012.

He will be joined in the World XI squad by Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world.

Bolt had trials with professional clubs Borussia Dortmund and Central Coast Mariners before deciding not to pursue a post-athletics career in football last year.

Fellow record-break Mo Farah will captain the England side.

What time does Soccer Aid start?

Soccer Aid 2019 kicks off at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge at 7.30pm on Sunday.

The England team will be co-managed by former Premier League boss Sam Allardyce and broadcaster Susanna Reid.

They will face a World XI led by manager-turned-celebrity Harry Redknapp and Piers Morgan, Reid’s co-host on TV programme Good Morning Britain.

Allardyce, who managed the England national side for one match in 2016, said: “Soccer Aid for UNICEF is growing all the time and it’s so competitive.

“The celebrities get so nervous when they get to the stadium and see the impact it has with the fans when they walk out.

“I’ve got to play everybody. I’ve got to give everybody a game at some stage. There are some experienced players out there who know how to get the ball in the opposition net.”

Soccer Aid England squad

Robbie Williams – Singer and Soccer Aid co-founder

John Terry – Former Chelsea captain

Mo Farah – Olympian and marathon runner

Ricardo Carvalho – former Portugal defender

Jamie Redknapp – Former Liverpool midfielder

Mark Wright – TOWIE star

David Seaman – Former Arsenal and England goalkeeper

Ben Shephard – TV presenter

Michael Owen – Former Liverpool, Man United and England striker

Joe Wicks – Fitness coach

Jamie Carragher – Former Liverpool and England defender

Jeremy Lynch – Freestyle footballer

Rosana Augusto – former Brazil star

Glen Johnson – Former Chelsea and England defender

Joe Cole – Former Chelsea and England midfielder

Marvin Humes – JLS star-turned-TV presenter

Rachel Yankey – Former England and Arsenal winger

Katie Chapman – Former England and Chelsea midfielder

Danny Jones – McFly singer

Starting XI: David Seaman, Kate Chapman, Rachel Yankey, Jamie Carragher, Mo Farah, Mark Wright, John Terry, Jeremy Lynch, Glen Johnson, Sam Claflin, Danny Jones

Soccer Aid World XI squad

Didier Drogba – Chelsea legend

Usain Bolt – Former sprinter

Kem Cetinay – Love Island star

Robbie Keane – Former Tottenham and Republic of Ireland striker

Michael Essien – Former Chelsea and Ghana midfielder

Niall Horan – One Direction singer

Ricardo Carvalho – Former Chelsea and Portugal defender

Martin Compston – Line of Duty actor

Danny O’Carroll – Mrs Brown’s Boys actor

Jack Savoretti – Singer

Julio Cesar – former Milan keeper

Eric Cantona – Former Man United and France striker

Robert Pires – Former Arsenal and France midfielder

DJ Locksmith – Rudimental star

Billy Wingrove – Freestyle footballer

Nicky Byrne – Westlife singer

Roman Kemp – Capital FM presenter

Rosana Dos Santos Augusto – Former Brazil player

Francielle ‘Franzinha’ Manelo – Former Brazil player

Roberto Carlos – Former Real Madrid and Brazil defender

Starting XI: Julio Cesar, Roman Kemp, Ricardo Carvalho, Locksmith, Fran Manelo, Niall Horan, Martin Compston, Michael Essien, Usain Bolt, Didier Drogba, Rosana Augusto

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