England dominates the World in Soccer Aid 2008
By Andrew Cuff
Monday 08 Sep 2008 11:00:00
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Two years since its inception by Robbie Williams, UNICEF’s Soccer Aid campaign kicked off last night for a massive showdown. With England taking on the ‘Rest of the World’ to raise funds to help children around the world.

Wembly hosted the two teams comprising of both celebrities and legends. Some very familiar faces to those United football supporters with players like Sheringham and Stam. The celebrities came from all sorts of different fields including Brian Lara, the world class West Indian cricketer, Gareth Gates, a singer and even Gordon Ramsey the cook. At least we know the team would never have been bored or hungry.

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The coverage by ITV was a four hour marathon starting at 6pm. The game with a number of constraints on the manager’s with them only able to have 4 football legends on the pitch at any one time. The match kicked off to a fiery start with England’s Teddy Sheringham scoring the opener after a pass from Shearer, though the rest of the world quickly responded equalling the game at one-a-piece. The game went into half time at 2 goals each after Shearer headed one into the back of the net.

The second half brought controversy to the beautiful game after Shearer scored from the penalty spot soon after the Rest of the World took a one goal advantage. Though with 15 minutes to spare Shearer, the former Toon player, nearly scored his third goal for the evening though unlucky not to be credited with it. The goal stood and gave England the all important one goal lead in the game.

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Di Canio proving he can still knock a ball about and Gareth Gates also showed that he can put a useful cross or two into the right place. Though all in all it was a worthwhile match, England clinching the third win of the weekend, the first in the under 21 match against Portugal and the second against Andorra in the Wold Cup qualifiers.

Soccer Aid 2006 raised £2.6 million in the one week there and I am sure this celebrity spectacle raised more funds for UNICEF’s fight to help children around the world. For me as a Manchester United supporter it was good to see some of the legends from the years gone by supporting the Soccer Aid 2008.

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