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Tickets are now on sale for Soccer Aid 2016, call 0845 456 2016 or visit manutd.com/socceraid

10 May 2016 - One Direction’s Niall Horan has signed up for Soccer Aid 2016 and will join forces with Premier League winning Manager, Claudio Ranieri as Assistant Manager to the Rest of the World. The Irish singer-songwriter will go head to head with fellow bandmate, Louis Tomlinson who is playing for England.  

Niall says: "It's an absolute honour to be asked to be involved with such a fantastic charity and this game has become a major event on the calendar for the last 10 years. I'm absolutely delighted to be a part of the Rest of World team and Mr Ranieri’s management team. We have a great team this year and I'm sure the boys are looking forward to the challenge. It's going to be a great week.”  

The electrifying football match will take place on Sunday 5th June and broadcast live on ITV from Manchester United’s legendary Old Trafford Stadium, all in aid of Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation.

Niall joins The Rest of the World squad which will be led once again by Unicef UK Ambassador and Captain Michael Sheen. He will be backed up on the pitch by Michelin-starred Chef Gordon Ramsay, pop star and presenter Nicky Byrne plus Kiss FM and ITV presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams.

The Rest Of The World team will also have a FIFA World Cup Winning captain, Brazilian Legend and their most capped player Cafu. He is joined by Manchester United favourites Jaap Stam and Dimitar Berbatov, Dutch midfield dynamo Edgar Davids, former Barcelona and Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto’o plus Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann  - who will be looking to make it two Soccer Aid wins in a row for Rest of The World.

Whilst band mate Louis Tomlinson will play for England alongside pop star Olly Murs, TV and Heart FM presenter Mark Wright, pop star and presenter Marvin Humes; comedian Paddy McGuinness, Jonathan Wilkes, GMB’s Ben Shephard, comedians Jack Whitehall and John Bishop, TV and Heart FM presenter Jamie Theakston in goal and coach Bradley Walsh.

Jose Mourinho will manage the England team alongside Sam Allardyce and Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams. 

The England Legends signed-up for Soccer Aid 2016 will include: Liverpool icons Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler and former Manchester United star Phil Neville; David Seaman and his former Arsenal team-mate Sol Campbell - all hoping to wrestle back the much coveted Soccer Aid trophy.The tenth anniversary match promises to be bigger, better and bolder than ever before, as the world’s biggest stars from sport, music, television and film play in a jaw-dropping game to raise money and vital support for Unicef’s work for children in danger. 

Soccer Aid's Social Media campaign can be followed on Facebook at 'Soccer Aid' and @SoccerAid on Twitter and Instagram, also using the hashtag #SoccerAid 

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Tickets now on sale for Soccer Aid 2016, call 0845 456 2016 or visit manutd.com/socceraid 

Booking fee applies. Calls charged at 0.75p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

Go to www.unicef.org.uk/socceraid to find out more.

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For further information:

Nick Dear, ndear pr 07753 811 918 / nick@ndear.co.uk

Katie Greenaway (works Mon – Weds), Endemol Shine Press Office, 0208 222 4994 / katie.greenaway@endemoluk.com 

Michele Marsland, Endemol Shine Press Office, 0202 222 4322 / michele.marsland@endemoluk.com

Rae Langford, Endemol Shine Press Office, 0208 222 4179 / rae.langford@endemoluk.com

Gary Smith, ITV Press Office, 0207 157 3016 / gary.smith@itv.com 

Helen Wylie, Unicef Press Office, Helenw@unicef.org.uk 

Notes to Editors:

Soccer Aid is the brainchild of Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes and 100% of all public donations will go towards supporting the vital work of Unicef plus the money raised through profits from ticket sales will add to the incredible £17 million that has already been raised for Unicef to help provide children with nutritious food, vaccines and clean water, as well as protecting them from violence, exploitation and abuse. 

The biennial live event will be hosted by Soccer Aid veteran Dermot O’Leary with Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher once again pitch side to report on all the red and yellow action as it happens. 

This will be the sixth Soccer Aid event, with previous matches held at Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014 raising over £17 million in total for Unicef. 

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About Unicef 

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  

Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children.  As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK. For more information please visit unicef.org.uk

About ITV Responsibility

ITV is committed to continuing to grow its business in a responsible and transparent way whilst harnessing the power of the nation’s most-loved and most-watched programmes to create long-term change for good.

As a broadcaster at the heart of popular culture, ITV has the opportunity to use its reach to millions of people, to have a positive impact on society. 

The ITV Responsibility strategy focuses on three pillars: People, Planet and Partnerships.

People - To reflect modern society through our programmes, workforce and services, ensuring we’re relevant and accessible to all.

Planet - To increase awareness of environmental sustainability through our programmes whilst reducing the environmental impact of our operations.

Partnerships - To harness the power of our programmes and empower our people to make a difference to communities and causes.

Through on-air appeals and campaigns like Soccer Aid, along with more localised support through community engagement and volunteering, ITV is committed to inspiring, engaging and empowering stakeholders to make a difference.

In 2015 more than 30 hours of airtime was dedicated to charitable causes through campaigns and more than £37 million contributed to charitable causes through cash, in-kind support and public donations.

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