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.
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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says John Terry is the best defender he has ever played alongside.
The pair were England team-mates for a number of years prior to Terry’s international retirement in 2012, and will be reunited in the same side when the Chelsea man takes part in a charity match at Anfield on March 29 for the Liverpool FC Foundation.
Gerrard is clearly excited about the occasion, and in a little dig at former Reds team-mate Jamie Carragher, his opposition captain for the game and an understudy to Terry at international level, referenced the Blues skipper as ‘the best centre-half I played with, and one of the best centre-halves England has ever seen.’
Joining Terry on the day will be Didier Drogba, who was selected to be on Carragher’s team, and will line up against his current captain.
Former Blue Fernando Torres will be alongside Terry in Gerrard’s side, while Raul Meireles will join Drogba in Carragher’s XI.