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Allardyce to manage England

samjoseSam Allardyce’s dream of managing England will come true next Sunday for one day.

And the West Ham manager will come face to face with his old adversary Jose Mourinho who bosses the Rest of the World side for Soccer Aid 2014 at Old Trafford in support of Unicef.

Mourinho and Allardyce’s confrontation will spark memories of the game between the Irons and Chelsea last season when ‘ The Special One’ accused him of playing 19th century football last season.

The  June 8 charity match will unite football legends and celebrities for a football match to help save and change the lives of children around the world.

Soccer Aid started in 2006, following an idea by UNICEF ambassador Robbie Williams. Every two years, two teams of celebrities and football legends make up the ‘England’ and ‘Rest of the World’ teams in a match for charity.

Celebrities representing England include Stephen Moyer, Jack Whitehall, Olly Murs, John Bishop, Dominic Cooper and McFly’s Danny Jones.

They will be managed by Allardyce, with Robbie Williams taking on the role of Assistant Manager, while Peter Reid and Bradley Walsh will coach.

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Hammers fan and host of the Hammers players awards Ben Shephard, who will be playing in the England team.

The football legends participating in the match for England will be new West Ham attacking coach Teddy Sheringham together with Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp, David Seaman, Matt Le Tissier and Des Walker.

Celebrities playing in the ‘Rest of the World’ team include Michael Sheen (who will also be the team’s captain), Gordon Ramsay, ‘Man v. Food’s’ Adam Richman, James McAvoy, Jeremy Renner and Sam Worthington. The team’s legends will be Alessandro Del Piero, Andriy Shevchenko, Edgar Davids, Edwin van der Sar, Jaap Stam and Clarence Seedorf.

England walked away with the trophy, winning 3-1, when the team last played in 2012. In that match Gordon Ramsay stretchered off after blistering tackle from Teddy Sheringham. Sam Allardyce managed the 2012 team also.


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