5 Soccer Aid talking points: England 0-3 World XI as Lee Mack switches sides and scores


The World XI won their third successive Soccer Aid title by putting three goals past England at the Etihad Stadium and the charity match helped raise over £13million for Unicef

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Soccer Aid: Lee Mack celebrates after netting for World XI

Soccer Aid took place on Saturday evening at the Etihad Stadium.

The World XI ran out 3-0 winners thanks to a resounding second-half display.

A brace from Kem Cetinay put England out of sight in Manchester before Lee Mack, who was chosen to play for the visitors this year, scored his first Soccer Aid goal.

The annual charity event raised over £13million as stars of the sporting and celebrity entertained a sold-out crowd.

From managers Sven Goran-Eriksson and Harry Redknapp to stars such as Wayne Rooney and Roberto Carlos, it was a star-studded array of faces on show.

Mirror Football looks at five talking points from the match.

Carragher beats Bolt

In arguably the night’s most surprising moment, Jamie Carragher was able to use his pace to get the better of Usain Bolt of all people.

During the first half, the ball was punted towards the world’s former fastest man but the Liverpool legend used his defensive intuition to get ahead of Bolt and prevent the World XI from opening the scoring earlier in the night.

Carragher had also crashed with pop star Tom Grennan earlier in the match, too, making it an eventful evening in defence for the player-turned-pundit.

Carragher’s defensive instincts allowed him to beat Bolt for pace

Scholes runs the show

Having showcased his skill in many a testimonial or charity match, Paul Scholes proved that he has still got it with an elegant display in the England midfield, partnering Wayne Rooney.

From rabona passes to threaded through balls, the former Manchester United playmaker’s talents were on show despite his side losing the match.

Although at Manchester City’s stadium, Scholes ensured he rolled back the year with his performance.

Scholes produced a classy display


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Becks takes centre stage

Although he did not feature on the pitch, David Beckham still made headlines as he strutted out at half-time to speak about his work for Unicef.

Another ex-United star, Beckham gave his verdict on how he thought his former Old Trafford teammates were doing.

“I mean to be honest, when you look at someone like Scholesy, you never lose that kind of pass,” he said on ITV.

Beckham greeted the crowd at half-time

“He’s pinging balls here, there and everywhere.

“With Wayne, Wayne’s always going to be dangerous on the ball and Gazza [Neville] has looked comfortable at the back with Carra.

Beckham added: “But I think they’re looking pretty good.”

Rooney rues the night

Wayne Rooney was one of many footballing legends on show

Alongside Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney ensured a slightly more frustrating evening.

In spite of a controlled midfield display, the former Red Devils captain missed a golden opportunity to make it 2-1 in the second half.

Baring down the right of the penalty area, many would have banked for Rooney to slot home past World XI goalkeeper Ore Oduba, but he blazed his effort over the bar.

Mack gets his moment

Lee Mack scored his first-ever Soccer Aid goal in the dying embers



Last but certainly not least, Lee Mack’s ‘decision’ to switch sides and play for the World XI after years without a goal for England paid off in perfect fashion.

With the hosts pushing for a goal, the comedy star saw his opportunity to strike, benefiting from unselfishness from Darren Fletcher as he slotted home past Joel Dommett to seal the win for his new team.

The stadium went into elation as Mack celebrated and although his teams would have been on the pitch for much more significant footballing moments, the Soccer Aid stalwart’s strike was a sweet moment.


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