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Gary Neville to partner Sky Sports pundit rival Jamie Carragher in Soccer Aid with Rooney in middle with Scholes


ENGLAND will start with a centre-back partnership of Sky Sports duo Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville when they take on the Rest of the World at Soccer Aid.

The pair were rivals on the pitch and often but heads in the studio but will need to work together if England are to bounce back from their penalty shoot-out defeat last year.

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have plenty of experience working together at Sky Sports
Usain Bolt will start up-front for the World XI

Neville and Carragher have experience playing alongside one another, featuring in defence during Vincent Kompany’s testimonial match at The Etihad.

But the pundits were caught out for their lack of pace for one goal during that game, with former Manchester United man Neville later pulling his hamstring.

But Neville should be assisted by his former team-mates Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney, who are England’s midfield pair.

They will look to create goalscoring opportunities for strikers James Arthur and Shaun Wright-Phillips, who will be returning to his old stomping ground.

Singer Olly Murs will captain the side while David James, former Crawley star Mark Wright, singer James Bay and football freestyler Harriet Pavlou make up the rest of the line-up.

The World XI also boast international experience in midfield with Clarence Seedorf, Patrice Evra and Roberto Carlos expected to start.


Shay Given starts in goal behind a back four of Dermot Kennedy, Yungblud, Tom Grennan and another former Manchester City star in Pablo Zabaleta.

The attack will be made up of former Scotland star Julie Fleeting alongside rapper Big Zuu and superstar Usain Bolt.

England manager Sven Goran Eriksson also has a number of options on the bench and plenty of international experience to call upon if necessary.

Unfortunately, Top Gear host Paddy McGuinness has withdrawn from the event due to a leg injury, hours after Roman Kemp did the same.

Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes will re-unite to form England’s midfield

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher in defence

England squad

Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney, Olly Murs, James Arthur, Chunkz, Kelly Smith, Jamie Redknapp, Fara Williams, Mark Wright, Liv Cooke, David James, Aitch, Max Whitlock, Sir Mo Farah, Lee Mack, Emile Heskey, James Bay, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joe Cole.

Bolt leads the line

World XI squad

Usain Bolt, Tom Grennan, Kem Cetinay, Ore Oduba, Roberto Carlos, Patrice Evra, Nigel De Jong, Martin Compston, Pablo Zabaleta, Chelcee Grimes, Shay Given, Rivaldo, Dermot Kennedy, Yungblud, Big Zuu, Ingrid Moe Wold, Lee Mack, Darren Fletcher and Wes Morgan.

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