Soccer Aid takes place every two years and raises awareness and much-needed funds for children in dire need of food, medicine and water in vulnerable countries for Unicef.
The brainchild of Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes pits wannabe celebrity footballers against legends of the game, who dust off their boots for another kick about.
Each year we see Olly Murs, Niall Horan, Nicky Byrne and Jack Whitehall to name a few realise the fans’ ultimate dream of having a run out at Old Trafford alongside legends of the game such as Ronaldinho, Edgar Davids, Fabio Cannavaro and Jaap Stam.
While we can see clearly some of these celebrities have an eye for goal and some, such as Olly Murs, possess the potential to have forged a career in the game had things panned out differently, it is rare that a watching Premier League manager would use the game to scout players for the forthcoming season.
This may be the case however, as TV presenter Mark Wright could be set for a shock move to Sunderland after impressing the Black Cats boss.
According to Chris Kamara (via the Mirror), Mark Wright has been so impressive in training that Sam Allardyce would “consider” signing him for Sunderland next season.
Wright, however, has a history in the game having been on the books at Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham, later forging a senior career with Southend before reality TV made him famous.
Wright starred in the game yesterday and scored a screamer of a free-kick, which put England 1-0 up. The home team eventually ran out 3-2 winners against the Rest of the World side.
While Kamara’s comments should be taken with a fistful of salt, more managers might be keeping a closer eye on Soccer Aid in the future if talents such as Wright are going to be on the pitch.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena