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Former England manager Terry Venables will again take charge of the home nation, ably assisted on the pitch by superstar captain, Robbie Williams. Legendary Dutch international and former Chelsea and Newcastle manager, Ruud Gullit takes the helm of The Rest of The World alongside his captain, Gordon Ramsay.

The two managers have already started signing up some of the world's best football legends to play alongside the celebrities. Paul Gascoigne, Les Ferdinand and John Barnes have been recruited by Terry Venables; with Gianfranco Zola, Marcel Desailly and Dunga playing under Ruud Gullit.

Soccer Aid will be presented by Ant and Dec.

Robbie Williams saw there was a great opportunity to lead his own football competition with all the benefits going to UNICEF and together with Jonny Wilkes, they finessed the idea with help from Initial into what has now been realised as Soccer Aid.

Robbie said "I have been an Ambassador for UNICEF since 2000, and some of the best moments of my life have been those spent with children in Mozambique and Sri Lanka. During my last UNICEF trip I met so many kids who gave me reason to smile. Now, through UNICEF and Soccer Aid, I want to be able to give them something to smile about too."

Both squads contain eleven international celebrities and five world cup greats. Daily programmes on ITV1 and ITV2 follow them as they spend the week training, bonding, socialising, and competing for a coveted place in the starting line-ups. Stars from the world of showbiz and sport, as well as experienced football pundits will also give their view on who should - or shouldn't - make the starting XI.

The big match - to be played on the hallowed turf of Old Trafford in front of a capacity crowd on May 27 - sees the culmination of all their hard work.

Soccer Aid is in aid of UNICEF's work for children throughout the world. UNICEF works jointly with partners to help children reach their full potential through long-term and emergency work on health, education and protection for children at risk. UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions and funds raised by Soccer Aid will enable UNICEF and partners to help more children worldwide.