By Tim Saunders on
England took on the “Rest of the World” at Wembley Stadium last night, September 7, in the star-studded Soccer Aid 2008 charity football match.
First organized by Robbie Williams two years ago, this year’s match saw England – Alan Shearer, Kyran Bracken, Ben Shephard, Gareth Gates, Jamie Theakston and Williams’ Soccer Aid co-founder Jonathan Wilkes – battle bravely against a World team captained by Gordon Ramsay, Nicky Byrne, Alastair Campbell, Patrick Kielty, Brian Lara, Jesse Metcalfe, and Peter Schmeichel.
The first goal of the match was scored by Teddy Sheringham for the England team just 9 minutes into the game, and was followed moments later by further heartbreak for the Rest of the World when captain Ramsay was forced to leave the field due to injury.
The scores were equalized by half time, but a last minute goal by English team captain Wilkes saw England win 4-3.
Over 40,000 people packed the stadium to watch the spectacle, with all proceeds going to UNICEF's health, education and protection work with vulnerable children all over the world. UNICEF helps children to survive and thrive in more than 190 countries worldwide, working with partners to provide emergency support and long-term development solutions.
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