PICTURED: Tom Hiddleston and Mo Farah enjoy a head-to-head battle, Liam Payne rocks shades in the sun – and Danny Dyer’s on a space hopper! Inside the Soccer Aid training camp
- Soccer Aid’s stars trained on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s global charity event
- Former footballers such as Jack Wilshere will be joined by a host of celebrities
- Harry Redknapp, Stormzy and Emma Hughes headline the coaching line-up
Ex-Premier League footballers Jack Wilshere and Jermain Defoe joined the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Mo Farah and Danny Dyer on Thursday, as Soccer Aid’s star-studded line-up took to training in preparation for Sunday’s showpiece at Old Trafford.
Jill Scott’s England will take on Usain Bolt’s World XI in the biggest football charity match on the planet this Sunday, as the former athletes and celebrity stars battle it out to raise money for UNICEF.
Pictures of the players training at Champneys Tring emerged on Thursday afternoon, as coaches Harry Redknapp, Emma Hughes, Vicky McClure and David Seaman were seen putting their stars through the paces. New Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino, Stormzy, Martin Compston and Mel C will also be in the dugout on Sunday.
Hiddleston and Farah were seen going head-to-head on numerous occasions in training, despite both being down to play for England’s line-up at the weekend.
Farah also took a turn in goal during the training session and managed to get a hand to a couple of shots, despite frequently cowering from the ball between the sticks.
Soccer Aid’s celebrity stars trained ahead of Sunday’s event at Champneys Tring on Thursday
Pop singer Liam Payne rocks a pair of sunglasses as the sun beats down during the session
Actor Danny Dyer let off some steam as he raced a number of the celebrities on a space hopper
Soccer Aid debutant Jack Wilshere will be back on the pitch following his retirement in 2022
There were plenty of smiles at Champneys Tring as ex-Love Island winner Kem Cetinay, former Manchester United star Patrice Evra and Arsenal legend Seaman were spotted laughing during the session.
Natural leader Gary Cahill, who was formerly a captain and vice-captain of Chelsea and England respectively, channeled his competitive spirit in training, captured by the cameras with a stern expression.
Meanwhile, ex-EastEnders actor and die-hard West Ham supporter Danny Dyer, who was still celebrating the Irons’ historic Europa Conference League triumph on Wednesday night, let off some steam on a space hopper in training.
Elsewhere, pop singer Liam Payne sported sunglasses and a Jack Grealish-style headband, Wilshere got back into the thick of things after his retirement in 2022 and YouTube star Chunkz dueled with television presenter Andy Goldstein.
Farah took a turn between the posts and produced an unconvincing display as goalkeeper – cowering at a number of shots (left) before managing to get his fingertips to an effort on goal
Forever a leader! Former captain Gary Cahill sports a stern look during Thursday’s training
Harry Redknapp (left) and Emma Hughes (right) are two of the coaches for Sunday’s spectacle
Former Manchester United captain Patrice Evra cuts a relaxed figure in Thursday’s training