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As Soccer Aid moves to Etihad Stadium, Wayne Rooney will come out of retirement to play for England once more


Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, and Micah Richards will be among the luminaries taking part in the charity football event, which will be held for the first time at Man City’s stadium.

Wayne Rooney, a Manchester United great, will don the England shirt once more in September when he participates in Soccer Aid for UNICEF.

After being named manager of Derby County in January, Rooney retired from football earlier this year.

Since being promoted on a permanent basis, the 35-year-old has had a rough five months in charge, winning only seven of 24 games as the Rams narrowly avoided relegation on the last day of the season.

Rooney will manage England in Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2020, but he will be back in the famed Three Lions shirt in September at the Etihad Stadium for Soccer Aid for UNICEF.

Former United teammates Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, as well as ex-City defender Micah Richards, will all be participating in Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2021.

The World XI won last year’s Soccer Aid match (Image: ©UNICEF/Soccer Aid Productions/Stella Pictures.)

Kelly Smith, Roberto Carlos, Patrice Evra, David James, Ashley Cole, Emile Heskey, and Jamie Redknapp are among the footballers expected to take part. Micah Richards joins the England coaching squad, with David Seaman as goalkeeping coach, while Harry Redknapp returns as manager of the Soccer Aid World XI FC.

Gary Neville, a former Manchester United captain, has urged football fans to purchase tickets for the game.

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