Tonight, Soccer Aid* will put on a match pitting former England greats, to be managed by Big Sam and Robbie Williams, against the Rest Of The World, managed by league-winning Ranieri and Niall Horan. Danny Murphy, Robbie Fowler, and Jamie Carragher will take the pitch for England, along with surprise inclusion Jermaine Defoe, who would appear to still have some magic left in his boots. Carra will be paired with Sol Campbell in central defense and backed up by David Seaman, a combo one wishes might have worn the same red in the players' hey-day.
The ROTW squad looks the punter's favorite from the line-up, in this writer's opinion. Cafu,Davids, Ronaldinho, Stam, Cannavaro, Berba, Eto'o and Dida are amongst the inclusions, along with Gordon Ramsay and some other celebrities likely more familiar to the English audience for whom the game will be broadcast live on ITV (never mind that you still can't get every EPL fixture, folks!). Hopefully Ramsay loses his cool and tries to one up a certain hair dryer incident that when remembered never ceases to elicit a chuckle your author. Rounding out the celebrity slots for England are Damian Lewis and Liverpool's own John Bishop.
UNICEF, for those who only remember it as Barca's former jersey sponsor, which the Catalan giants formerly provided for free before adorning the final trappings of the modern game's amorality, works to better children's welfare around the globe. Funneling their efforts into a broad array of services, from education and medical care, to broader projects ensuring something as clean water and food is available to children around the world.
The football on display may or may not be better than some of the tepid friendlies that have been played as teams gear up for the Euros. Please do let us know if any of you choose to watch. We may need that footage anyway after Liverpool are linked to all of the fullbacks that play.
*This link will direct you to Manchester United's official page, FYI.