Niall Horan won't be going easy on Louis Tomlinson at Soccer Aid


One Direction star Niall Horan is confident he can beat his bandmate Louis Tomlinson when the pair come face to face for Soccer Aid.

The boys will be on opposing sides for the charity football match for Unicef at Old Trafford, with Louis on the England side and Niall on the Rest of the World team.

Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Niall Horan of One Direction arrive on the red carpet for the BBC Music Awards
One Direction (Joe Giddens/PA)

He told Digital Spy: "I'm definitely confident about Soccer Aid yeah, usually this banter happens on Twitter and stuff like that but I think the English boys have been a little bit quieter than they usually are," he said.

"I think they know what's coming, we've got a very, very strong team. We've got Ronaldinho, I think that pretty much says enough. Just in general it's gonna be an unbelievable experience.

Gaucho Ronaldinho
Gaucho Ronaldinho (Hannah Dav/PA)

"It really feels like we're in a professional football team, it's something we've all dreamt of as kids so I think it's genuinely gonna be an unbelievable week."

Louis will be joined on the England side by Homeland star Damian Lewis, singer Olly Murs and comedian Jack Whitehall, as well as pros David Seaman, Jermain Defoe and Phil Neville.

Niall will be assisting manager Claudio Rainieri for the rest of the world, along with Michael Sheen, Gordon Ramsay and Sir AP McCoy.

Rest of the World's Michael Sheen and Gordon Ramsay lift the trophy after winning the Soccer aid charity match against England
Michael Sheen and Gordon Ramsay will be hoping to win again (Martin Rickett/PA)

Niall has teamed up with golf pro Justin Rose to host an exclusive two-part charity event to raise awareness and funding for Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens.