PUBLISHED: 10:30 EST, 1 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:03 EST, 1 June 2016
They’ve been firm friends ever since the inception of One Direction in 2010.
But Louis Tomlinson, 24, and Niall Horan, 22, have put their friendship aside, as the two singers took to the training field on Wednesday ahead of the weekend’s star-studded Soccer Aid match.
Clearly taking their loyalties to their respective teams, the two pop stars were wearing their colours loud and proud, as Louis sported the three lions of England and Niall the globe cress of the Rest Of The World.
Keen to keep their fitness and skill levels at a premium ahead of the charity match, which sees a team of English celebrities and pro-footballers take on their counterparts from across the globe.
And it seems that Niall and his team mates were the first ones out onto the pitch at the training facility, despite the grim weather, to work on their ball skills.
Clad in his blue and white tracksuit top and shorts, Niall - who is also assistant manager for his team - looked a formidable footballer; even for the one-time Doncaster Rovers player, Louis.
But if Niall’s 1D bandmate saw any threats from the ROTW team, he didn’t show it as he and his team mates arrived in time to catch the end of their opponents training session.
Striding into the facility alongside his team, which includes the likes of Robbie Williams, Jack Whitehall and Jonathan Wilkes - the No Control singer looked to be in high spirits.
Smiling as he chatted away to team captain, Robbie and Arsenal legend and goalkeeper David Seamen, the singer looked in fine form.
The group arrived along with other members of the England team, who looked to be equally non-plussed; with Jack Whitehall and Paddy McGuiness cracking jokes much to Mark wright’s amusement.
The annual event is the brainchild of Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes, and is being broadcasted live on ITV as in previous years.
Jose Mourinho will manage the England team, and is assisted both Robbie and Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, as well as TV’s Bradley Walsh.
The celebrities lining up for Three Lions alongside Louis are: Olly Murs, Damian Lewis, Mark Wright, Marvin Humes, Paddy McGuinness, Ben Shephard, Jack Whitehall, John Bishop, Danny Jones and Jamie Theakston.
And bringing the flair and professional zing to the team are: Robbie Fowler, Jamie Carragher, Phil Neville, Sol Campbell, David Seaman, Jermain Defoe, Danny Murphy and Kieron Dyer.
Meanwhile the rest of the world are being coached by Leicester FC boss Claudio Ranieri and Nial, while Michael Sheen is team captain.
The international footballing stars are: Ronaldinho, Cafu, Jaap Stam, Dimitar Berbatov, Edgar Davids, Samuel Eto'o, Fabio Cannavaro and Dida.
Gordon Ramsay has pulled out of the celeb line-up, but still playing are: Nicky Byrne, Kasabian guitarist Sergio Pizzorno, Matthew Morrison, Iwan Rheon, Shayne Ward, Rickie Haywood-Williams, Sean Fletcher, Sir AP McCoy, and Thom Evans.
UNICEF’s Soccer Aid will take place on Sunday June 5, and will see the two teams face-off at Manchester United’s iconic Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford.
And as usual the teams are injecting some good-natured humour into the processing, with team England in particular rambunctious spirits.
Paddy McGuiness post a post training bath shot of him, John Bishop and Ben Shephard grinning as they soaked their weary bodies.
And newboy Louis Tomlinson was pranked by the whole team, when Paddy pretended to throw scalding hot tea over him.
Doncaster pop star Louis Tomlinson will rub
shoulders with a host of showbiz names after the final line-ups for
this year’s Soccer Aid charity football spectacular were announced.
Hollywood stars Damian Lewis (Homeland, Billions), Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones, Vicious) Matthew Morrison (Glee), Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno, McFly’s Danny Jones, Coronation Street’s Shayne Ward, legendary jockey Sir AP McCoy, Good Morning Britain’s Sean Fletcher and ex rugby star Thom Evans will complete the stellar celebrity line-up for the event on June 5.
Joining them are Italian legend and FIFA player of the year 2006 Fabio Cannovaro, World Cup winning Brazilian goalkeeper Dida, England and Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe, ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy and former Newcastle and I’m a Celebrity star Kieron Dyer to complete the incredible line-up of footballing legends taking part in the big game.
The very special tenth-anniversary match will see two
star-studded squads go head to head live on ITV from Manchester United’s
legendary Old Trafford Stadium, all in aid of Unicef, the world’s
leading children’s organisation.
Damian and Danny will join Jose Mourinho’s England squad which also includes, One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, pop star Olly Murs, TV and Heart FM presenter Mark Wright, pop star and presenter Marvin Humes, comedian Paddy McGuinness, Jonathan Wilkes, Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard, comedians Jack Whitehall and John Bishop with TV and Heart FM presenter Jamie Theakston in goal.
Iwan, Sir AP, Shayne, Thom, Sean and Sergio will play for the Rest of
the World team alongside movie star and Unicef UK Ambassador Michael Sheen, Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay, pop star and presenter Nicky Byrne, comedian Patrick Kielty, and Kiss FM and ITV’s Bang on the Money presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams.
Jose Mourinho and Sam Allardyce will manage England and will be joined by Assistant Manager Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams with Bradley Walsh returning as coach. Rest Of The World will be led by Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri with One Direction’s Niall Horan as his Assistant Manager.
Defoe, Murphy and Dyer will join the England legends including Liverpool icons Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler. David Seaman will play alongside his ex-Arsenal team-mate Sol Campbell.
Cannovaro and Dida will join Brazilian world cup winning legends Ronaldinho and Cafu alongside Manchester United favourites Jaap Stam and Dimitar Berbatov, Dutch midfield dynamo Edgar Davids and former Barcelona and Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto’o.
In the commentary box will be broadcasting icons Clive Tyldesley and Chris Kamara with former World Cup referee Howard Webb officiating in the middle. Viewers will also be treated to a performance from the incredible Katherine Jenkins.
tenth anniversary match promises to be bigger, better and bolder than
ever before, as the world’s biggest stars from sport, music, television
and film play in an action-packed game to raise money and vital support
for Unicef’s work for children in danger.
The money raised through
profits from ticket sales will add to the incredible £17 million that
has already been raised for Unicef to help provide children with
life-saving food, vaccines, and clean water, as well as protecting them
from violence, exploitation and abuse. 100% of all public donations will
go towards supporting the vital work of Unicef.
Donations to Soccer Aid will be doubled by the UK government.
The biennial live event will be hosted by Soccer Aid veteran Dermot O’Leary with TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher once again pitch side to report on all the action as it happens.
will be the sixth Soccer Aid event, with previous matches held at
Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
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