One Direction's Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson sign up for Soccer Aid 2016


One Direction star Niall Horan has signed up for Soccer Aid 2016, when he will go head to head with bandmate Louis Tomlinson. 

Tomlinson is set to play for England, while Irish singer-songwriter Horan will play for the Rest of the World team.

He will join forces with Premier League-winning football manager Claudio Ranieri, and will serve as assistant manager to the team.

Horan said: "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. 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."

Tomlinson and Horan will both be making their debut on the Soccer Aid pitch.

With One Direction on hiatus since January, the singers have enjoyed a less hectic schedule.

The Rest of the World squad includes actor Michael Sheen, TV chef Gordon Ramsay, and presenters Nicky Byrne and Rickie Haywood-Williams. 

Tomlinson will lace up his football boots alongside pop star Olly Murs, former Towie star Mark Wright, TV presenter Marvin Humes, comedian Paddy McGuinness, TV presenter Jonathan Wilkes, Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shephard, comedians Jack Whitehall and John Bishop, radio presenter Jamie Theakston and The Chase host Bradley Walsh. 

Jose Mourinho will manage the England team alongside Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce and pop star Robbie Williams, who is a Unicef UK ambassador.

The 10th anniversary match, in aid of children's organisation Unicef, will be broadcast live on ITV from Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium on Sunday June 5.

Footballers on board with the charity match include Liverpool's Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler, former Manchester United star Phil Neville, David Seaman and his former Arsenal team-mate Sol Campbell.

The event, which takes place every two years, will be hosted by X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary and Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher.

:: Tickets are on sale now at or call 0845 456 2016.