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May 03, 2010

Soccer Aid: Rest Of The World Squad News

Watch out Robbie and the England XI: the Rest Of The World Soccer Aid 2010 squad have enlisted the help of a galaxy of superstars for this year's glitzy turf war, including Welsh movie star Michael Sheen, ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann and Ronan Keating.

Sheen, who played legendary manager Brian Clough in the biopic The Damned United, will be joined on the Rest Of The World team by new recruits Boyzone singer Ronan Keating, TV presenter Gethin Jones, and actor James Kyson-Lee, who plays Ando in Heroes.

Commenting on his forthcoming performance at Old Trafford for Soccer Aid, Michael Sheen said: “I fully anticipate this to be the greatest moment of my life. The Rest of the World is a big place and to be Captain of it is a huge honour and one I take very seriously. I now have a team of specialists monitoring my every movement.

"And I have a lot of movements for them to monitor believe me. For me to play alongside the likes of Zidane is an extraordinary honour and privilege and one I'm sure he never dreamed would be possible for him when he started off as a footie-mad kid."

The squad, who will be managed by legendary Liverpool stars Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush, also stars Gordon Ramsay, comedian Patrick Kielty, Westlife members Shane Filan and Nicky Byrne and cricketing legend Brian Lara. Ex-pros include Henrik Larsson and the outspoken ex-Arsenal goalie Jens Lehmann.

Last week we revealed the exciting news that superstar French footballer, Zinedine Zidane, will also be putting his golden boots back on for 90 minutes to help the Rest of the World XI against a star-studded England team which includes Euro '96 foursome Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham, David Seaman and Jamie Redknapp.

Those in the England squad adding a dash of celebrity sizzle to the proceedings include Robbie (of course!), Ben Shephard, Bradley Walsh, Jamie Theakston and Damian Lewis, plus Gavin and Stacey star James Corden will be the assistant manager.

In another intriguing on-the-pitch contest better suited to the boxing ring, the gloves are off as undefeated Welsh world champion Joe Calzaghe pits his wits against English light welterweight champ Ricky 'The Hitman' Hatton. Ding ding!

Tickets still available...

Don't forget, you could still get up close and personal to the action at Manchester United's Old Trafford on 6th June 2010. Click here for ticket information.