Liam Payne works up a sweat while training for Soccer Aid – preparing to captain the England team
Soccer Aid for UNICEF is back this Sunday as a host of celebrities take to the field to raise money for charity.
And as captain of the England squad, Liam Payne went to work on his skills on Friday while training at Champneys Tring Resort – about an hour outside of London.
The 28-year-old joined his famous teammates such as Tom Grennan, Chunkz, Alex Brooker, Damian Lewis and Mark Wright before practice day.
Training: Liam Payne, 28, worked up a sweat while training for Soccer Aid on Friday as he prepares to lead the England team at Sunday’s UNICEF event
Wearing a red and black UNICEF strip, Liam added a pair of white Puma football socks with orange and black ombre shoes.
He appeared in the zone doing some keepie-ups with the ball, before donning a neon green vest as the team split in two to practice against each other.
And the singer didn’t hold any prisoners, slipping out of the way of Stuart Downing as he tried to score a goal.
Concentrated: He appeared in the zone doing some keepie-ups with the ball
Teamwork: Liam donned a neon green vest as the team split in two to practice against each other
He shoots: Liam tried to score a goal, sliding away from Stewart Downing who hoped to tackle the singer
Liam made sure they were well prepared and also took the time to stretch out on the grass alongside Russell Howard, Damian Lewis and Tom Grennan.
Liam previously spoke of his enthusiasm for the event, sharing: ‘It doesn’t get much better than England captain in Soccer Aid while raising money for UNICEF.’
“I can’t believe I get to run onto the field with some of my heroes while raising money for such a good cause. It is an honor to be given the captaincy and I am determined to lead us to victory,” he assured.
Go for it: and he looked in good shape as he tried to outrun Chunkz before the ball went offside
Stretch it out: But the workout wasn’t without proper stretching as Liam and his team made sure they were well prepared (LR Tom Grennan, Liam Payne, Russell Howard and Damian Lewis)
Alex Brooker also appeared in good spirits for the day, as the journalist jumped for joy as he stood on the field and raised a fist.
While Chunkz appeared to be working up a sweat, splashing water on his face as he paused, Mark Wright showed his football history as he took it in his stride.
The team’s new manager, Harry Redknapp, also sprang into action, laughing and pointing to the pitch with Jamie Carragher.
Multitasker: Chunkz made quite a kick as he headed for the ball, clutching his phone in one hand as he took to the field
Serious stuff: As Jamie Carragher (left) and Mark Wright (right) were ready for battle, their faces taut as they raced across the field
Come on! Alex Brooker also appeared in good spirits for the day as the journalist jumped for joy as he stood on the pitch and raised a fist
England have been without a win since 2018 Soccer Aid, with Harry jumping to England after winning his last three games with World XI.
And the England team wasn’t alone in getting the training, as Harry’s previous team, World XI, also made sure they were prepared for Sunday’s game.
Captain Usain Bolt packed his rounds as he raced across the field on Sunday donning the dark black and gray World XI UNICEF football strip.
Having fun: The team’s new manager, Harry Redknapp, also sprang into action, laughing and pointing to the pitch with Jamie
Warm up: The heat seemed to hit hard for Chunkz, who splashed water on his face
Just a little while! Damian, Mark Noble and Joe Cole took a minute off when the trio found time for a chat
Opponents: And it wasn’t just the England team practicing as World XI captain Usain Bolt also prepared his team for battle
Usain’s performance in the capital on Sunday comes ten years after his gold medal performance at the 2012 Olympics.
He was joined by the likes of Idris Elba, Robbie Keane, Lee Mack and Mo Gilligan as they gave a fierce demonstration.
The glitzy event – to be held at London Stadium on Sunday 12 June – aims to raise money for the UNICEF charity, helping the world’s most underprivileged children.
Fighting spirit: Lee Mack also seemed confident about World XI’s performance and jumped for joy
Timeout: while Robbie Keane stood on the sidelines for a while, sitting on the grass by the field