Date: 16th March 2018 at 5:34pm
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Scottish chef Gordon Ramsay has become the first star to join Usain Bolt’s World XI in this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef match.

Gordon is back to reclaim his title, and put to bed his past injury woes, having pulled out of 2016’s Soccer Aid due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, and being infamously tackled by former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker Teddy Sherringham in 2012.

With Usain Bolt leading out the Soccer Aid World XI team, the celebrity chef and restaurateur becomes the first official signing of the new-look squad, with Sir Mo Farah (four-time Olympic champion) having been announced yesterday as playing for Robbie Williams’ England in what is set to be a game like no other.

Hell’s Kitchen star Ramsay, 51, said, “Ever since I had to pull out of 2016’s match, I’ve been eager to reclaim my position in the Soccer Aid World XI squad and take back the title from the England team.

“It can’t be a coincidence that the last time I played, we smashed it out the park with a 4-2 win!

“What’s bigger than stepping out in front of 70,000+ fans at Old Trafford with the likes of Usain Bolt by my side? Bring it on!”

Over the coming weeks, the England vs Soccer Aid World XI rivalry is set to intensify further, with some of football’s biggest legends and celebrities set to join Ramsay, Bolt, Farah and Williams in the growing line-ups.

The international friendly match will take place at Manchester United’s Old Trafford on Sunday, June 10, just four days before the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals kick off in Russia.

Unicef, the world’s leading organisation for children, has joined forces with ITV to make the pro-celebrity football match bigger and better than ever, with more potential to raise money and vital support for children in danger.

Ramsay (right) and Michael Sheen celebrate winning the Soccer Aid match in 2014.

One-hundred per cent of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children in the UK and globally.

Tickets are on sale now and the game will be broadcast live on ITV, with kick-off at 20:00pm.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the 2018 Soccer Aid for Unicef football match, go to or call 0161 444 2018, with tickets priced between £10 and £50.

Visit to find out more information and follow @SoccerAid on Twitter and Instagram, ‘Soccer Aid’ on Facebook and use the hashtag #SoccerAid for regular player and match updates.

Written by Dan Church


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