Jill Scott to captain England as Soccer Aid 2023 line-up is revealed
The Queen of the Jungle will captain England as Usain Bolt leads the World XI.
The lineup for Soccer Aid 2023 is officially out and among the various big names gracing the much-loved charity game, Jill Scott has been confirmed as this year’s England captain.
Former Euro 2022-winning Lioness, Manchester City star and Queen of the Jungle, Jill Scott will become the first woman to lead out England in the event’s history.
She will be joined by several other ex-England players such as Jack Wilshere, Gary Neville, Jermain Defoe; Paul Scholes and Gary Cahill, as well as fellow former Lionesses Karen Carney and Eni Aluko.
Teasing the announcement via social media on Monday, the 36-year-old said that she’d “had [her] fun but there’s just no feeling like playing football” — it didn’t take long for people to figure it out.
Scott’s Three Lions will also feature a whole host of celebrity names, including the likes of influencer Chunkz, comedians Alex Brooker and Paddy McGuinness; Olympian Sir Mo Farah, musician Tom Grennan and more.
As for the World XI, another record-holding Olympian and Soccer Aid regular will be captaining the international team in Usain Bolt, with celebrities such as comic and competition vet Lee Mack, entrepreneur and podcaster Steven Bartlett, as well as four-time scorer Kem Cetinay all joining him.
With Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes once again co-managing England alongside Line of Duty and This Is England star, Vicky McClure, the home team will be hoping to get one over on Robbie Keane’s World XI. You can see the full Soccer Aid lineup for 2023 HERE.
The visitors currently have six wins to England’s five since the inaugural Soccer Aid back in 2006.
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As for the captain herself, ‘Big Jill’, she told ITV: “The Euros, The Jungle and now Soccer Aid for UNICEF – it’s the holy trinity. I’ve won two of them, so just need Soccer Aid now to complete ‘The Treble’!”
Soccer Aid 2023 returns to Old Trafford once again on Sunday, 11 June, with crowds of around 74,000 expected to pile into the stadium. It will be broadcast on ITV and kick-off is set for 7:30pm.
You can grab your tickets now or simply donate to the UNICEF fund HERE.
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