Spice Girl Mel C to make Soccer Aid debut

Sporty Spice is to become Sporting Spice as Mel C will make her Soccer Aid debut when she joins the 2023 World XI FC management team at the charity event.

The Spice Girls singer, also known as Melanie Chisholm, said that as an avid Liverpool supporter she was looking forward to coming away with a win at Manchester United’s home stadium, Old Trafford.

“To have the opportunity to take part in this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef is an incredible honour for me,” she said.

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“Unicef’s work around the world is an inspiration to us all and I am delighted to lend my support to them.

“Everyone knows that I’m a Liverpool fan, so I particularly want to do well at Old Trafford and come away with a win – just as Liverpool have done a lot over the years!

“This is a fantastic family day out with incredible entertainment. So buy your tickets and come support us on Sunday June 11.”

Melanie C will co-manage the Soccer Aid World XI team alongside Line Of Duty star Martin Compston, Robbie Keane, and Mauricio Pochettino.

The team will be captained by retired Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt and includes players such as comedians Lee Mack, Mo Gilligan and Maisie Adam as well as Love Island star Tommy Fury.

The 2023 Soccer Aid England squad includes other famous faces such as Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Tom Hiddleston, Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness, EastEnders actor Danny Dyer, TV property expert Scarlette Douglas, The Last Leg co-host Alex Brooker, Brit rapper and actor Bugzy Malone, Netflix Sex Education star Asa Butterfield and former One Direction singer Liam Payne.

The England management team will be led by rapper Stormzy, with assistance from Line of Duty actress Vicky McClure, former football manager and I'm a Celebrity King of the Jungle Harry Redknapp and Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes.

The coming weeks will see a host of other star names announced – with neither team’s line-up yet complete.

Since the concept was co-founded by pop star Robbie Williams in 2006, Soccer Aid has raised more than £75 million to help children all over the world.

Soccer Aid for Unicef 2023 takes place on June 11 at Manchester United’s Old Trafford, with tickets available at socceraid.org.uk/tickets.

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