Michael Sheen to captain Soccer Aid 2010’s Rest of the World squad

As football fever escalates, Soccer Aid 2010 unveils the captain, managers and huge player signings to its Rest of the World team.

Welsh movie star Michael Sheen (The Queen, Twilight: New Moon, Alice in Wonderland) is to captain the star-studded side which has recently signed up record-breaking solo artist and Boyzone member Ronan Keating, TV presenter Gethin Jones, former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, undefeated boxing champion Joe Calzaghe and actor James Kyson-Lee, who plays Ando inHeroes.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish will manage the super squad with the help of his old Reds team mate Ian Rush. Together, they will put the Rest of the World team through their paces in the hope that they will lift the Soccer Aid 2010 trophy for the very first time.

The Rest of the World captain Michael Sheen comments; “I fully anticipate this to be the greatest moment of my life. The Rest of the World is a big place and to be Captain of it is a huge honour and one I take very seriously. I now have a team of specialists monitoring my every movement. And I have a lot of movements for them to monitor believe me. For me to play alongside the likes of Zidane is an extraordinary honour and privilege and one I’m sure he never dreamed would be possible for him when he started off as a footie-mad kid.”

These new signings will be taking to the centre circle with team mates Gordon Ramsay, comedian Patrick Kielty, Westlife members Shane Filan and Nicky Byrne, cricketing legend Brian Lara and footballing heroes Zinedine Zidane and Henrik Larsson with even more high-profile names to be announced.

They will be taking on the England team who’s team sheet currently includes Robbie Williams, GMTV presenter Ben Shephard, actor and TV presenter Bradley Walsh, presenter and DJ Jamie Theakston, boxing hero Ricky Hatton, actor Damian Lewis alongside footballing heroes Alan Shearer, David Seaman, Teddy Sheringham and Jamie Redknapp. Comic genius James Corden will be the assistant manager.

Soccer Aid, the brainchild of Robbie Williams and UNICEF UK, will be kicking off on Sunday 6th June at Manchester’s legendary Old Trafford stadium and broadcast live on ITV1. Two star-studded squads of footballing legends and celebrities from England and the Rest of the World will take on one another in an electrifying football match all in aid of UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.

Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will go to UNICEF’s invaluable work helping children around the world.

Tickets now on sale for Soccer Aid 2010 on 6th June, call 0844 576 2010 or visit itv.com/socceraid