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England stars in Soccer Aid win
Robbie Williams lifts the Soccer Aid Cup
Singer Robbie Williams captained the England side
An England celebrity side captained by singer Robbie Williams has beaten a World XI 2-1 in the Soccer Aid charity football match at Old Trafford.

Both teams fielded seven celebrities and four former footballers, including Diego Maradona for the world side.

Les Ferdinand and TV presenter Jonathan Wilkes scored for England. Maradona replied with a penalty after singer David Gray handballed.

The crowd of 72,000 helped raise an estimated 6m for the Unicef charity.

Robbie Williams had a quiet but composed game for the England side, which was managed by former England coach Terry Venables and featured former England internationals John Barnes, Tony Adams, David Seaman and Bryan Robson, alongside TV presenters Jamie Theakston, Angus Deayton and Ben Shephard.

Chef Gordon Ramsay, himself a former Rangers player, captained the rest-of-the-world side that included four former World Cup winners - Maradona, France's Marcel Desailly, Brazil's Dunga and Germany's Lothar Matthaus.

The side's non-professionals included Northern Irish TV presenter Craig Doyle, Irish singer Bryan McFadden, Canadian athlete Ben Johnson and former Number 10 spin doctor Alastair Campbell, who, rather fittingly, played down the left wing.

Maradona, who led Argentina to win the 1986 World Cup, scoring his famous "Hand of God" goal against England along the way, suffered some good-natured booing from the crowd, as well as a number of crunching challenges from Coronation Street actor Bradley Walsh.

Members of the two squads met Prime Minister Tony Blair in Downing Street this week.




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