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Jose Mourinho to manage England...

...for Soccer Aid, while Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri takes charge of the Rest of the World side

Published: Wednesday, 20th April 2016 at 5:01 am

If you’ve always wanted to see Jose Mourinho in charge of the England squad, then you’re in luck. Sort of.


The Special One will join Sam Alladyce in managing England’s Soccer Aid team for the charity's 10th anniversary match on 5th June.

The Rest of the World will also have a star manager in Claudio Ranieri, the man who has seen Leicester City rise to the top of the Premiership in his first season there.

“I want to be the first one to win the Soccer Aid trophy for both teams, England and the Rest of the World,” said Mourinho, who managed the last Rest of the World team to victory in 2014, memorably running onto the pitch to tackle Ollie Murs.

“Sam and I will make a very good partnership and it will be a great feeling for Claudio to finally lose a match.”

As usual, this year’s England team has more pop stars than footy stars, with Louis Tomlinson, Olly Murs and Marvin Humes all playing and Soccer Aid founder Robbie Williams returning as coach.

Comedians Paddy McGuiness, Jack Whitehall and John Bishop will also be in the side.

Appearing opposite them for the Rest of the World team are Gordon Ramsay, Nicky Byrne and captain Michael Sheen.

"Soccer Aid is a fantastic event, raising money for an amazing children’s charity in Unicef,” said Claudio Ranieri. “For Soccer Aid’s 10th anniversary, it is a great honour that Robbie Williams has asked me to manage the Rest of the World XI and I’m looking forward to helping them defend their title!"

Soccer Aid kicked off it's inaugural biannual match in 2006. This is the sixth games, and the fifth to be played at Old Trafford. It raises money for United Nations children's fund UNICEF.


Soccer Aid will air Live on ITV on 5th June


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