Tony McCoy takes to the football field for Soccer Aid 2016

Jockey AP McCoy after winning the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle during the Grand Opening Day of the Crabbies Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool in 2015. Picture by Mike Egerton, Press Association
Amanda Ferguson

HE'S  more at home in the saddle but 20-time champion jump jockey Sir Tony McCoy is putting his best foot forward for a charity football match next month.

The record-breaking sportsman from Moneyglass, Co Antrim, who retired from racing last year, will join Game of Thrones villain Iwan Rheon and Glee actor Matthew Morrison on the line-up for a Soccer Aid 2016 match on June 5 at Old Trafford.

The 41-year-old Arsenal supporter shared his thoughts on the upcoming match between England and Rest of World with his Twitter followers.

"Great to be playing at Soccer Aid in aid of Unicef," McCoy he wrote.

"Better start practising my free kicks. Come on Rest of World!"

Coronation Street actor ShayneWard, former rugby star Thom Evans, and Good Morning Britain's Sean Fletcher will also play for the Rest of the World team alongside

stars including Unicef ambassador Michael Sheen, chef Gordon Ramsay and pop star Nicky Byrne.

They will be managed by Claudio Ranieri, with One Direction's Niall Horan as assistant manager.

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

The charity match will be live on UTV on June 5. Kick off is at 6pm.

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 at or by calling 0845 456 2016.

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