The 22-year-old Ireland-born singer is joining Claudio Ranieri’s Rest of the World team as Assistant Manager. It’s a bold move to pit two members of the world’s biggest boyband against one another but that’s the kind of competition we’re used to at Soccer Aid.
“It’s an absolute honour to be asked to be involved with such a fantastic charity and this game has become a major event on the calendar for the last 10 years,” said Niall. “I’m absolutely delighted to be a part of the Rest of World team and Mr Ranieri’s management team. We have a great team this year and I’m sure the boys are looking forward to the challenge. It’s going to be a great week.”
Niall is a lifelong supporter of Derby County and once acted as their mascot after a chance encounter with former Republic of Ireland international and Rams player Jeff Kenna. In 2014, at Jose Mourinho’s invitation, he trained with Chelsea FC while recovering from a knee injury.
The line-up for Claudio and Niall’s team is looking strong and includes Cafu, the most capped player in Brazil’s history, as well as Samuel Eto’o, the most decorated African player of all time. Gordon Ramsay, Nicky Byrne, Rickie Haywood-Williams and Unicef UK Ambassador Michael Sheen represent the Rest of the World celebrities, with more names to be announced very soon.
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