28 May 2012

Robbie Williams' England team won back the Soccer Aid trophy last night, with a 3-1 victory over the Rest of the World in a thrilling match that raised £4 million for UNICEF.

Football legends and celebrities including Teddy Sheringham, Will Ferrell, Gordan Ramsay, Graham Le Saux and Aston and Marv from JLS battled it out in front of close to 70,000 fans at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian opened the score in the 21st minute with a spectacular right-footed shot, beating former England goalkeeper David Seaman.

"Ian Rush taught me everything he knows," Serge told ITV reporters.

England trailed 1-0 at half time, but came back strongly in the second half with two goals in three minutes, from former England star Teddy Sheringham and Soccer Aid co-founder Jonathan Wilkes.

Blackpool striker Kevin Philips scored a third goal on 88 minutes to make the victory safe for the home side, though some unconventional goal keeping antics by Jamie Theakston at the other end made for a nail-biting finish.

There was also drama when celebrity chef Gordan Ramsay was stretchered off after a collision with England legend Teddy Sheringham.

"Soccer Aid 2012 has been the most amazing yet!" said UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull, who presented the winners' medals. "There was an incredible atmosphere, it was a great match, and over £4 million was raised to help save children's lives."

 
England captain Robbie Williams celebrates a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford with goal scorer and Soccer Aid co-founder Jonathan Wilkes. The match raised £4.9 million for vulnerable children around the world.  © ITV 2012
England captain Robbie Williams celebrates a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford with goal scorer and Soccer Aid co-founder Jonathan Wilkes. The match raised £4.9 million for vulnerable children around the world. © ITV 2012

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