Chelsea legend Joe Cole joins the Soccer Aid line-up

Joe Cole is the latest former Chelsea player to be announced for the 2019 Soccer Aid for Unicef match at Stamford Bridge in June.

Cole will join the England team, facing up against former Blues team-mate Didier Drogba in the charity match, which takes place at our home on Sunday 16 June.

A three-time Premier League winner with Chelsea, Cole, said: ‘I can’t wait to get back on the Stamford Bridge pitch and to be part of Soccer Aid for Unicef. I’m looking forward to playing with, and against, some of my old team-mates – and to pull on the England shirt once again.

‘Soccer Aid for Unicef is an amazing force for good, which helps children in danger around the world. To be a part of the game is real privilege.’

Cole’s addition to the England team comes a day after a high-profile signing for the Soccer Aid World XI, following the confirmation that former One Direction star Niall Horan will be putting his kit on at the event.

Horan has been a regular visitor to Stamford Bridge down the years, posing with John Terry after we lifted the Premier League title here in 2015.

Horan’s Soccer Aid World XI team will be managed by Piers Morgan and Harry Redknapp and also boasts Usain Bolt as well as Drogba in its ranks, with more star names to be revealed in the coming days and weeks.

Cole joins an England side will be managed by Sam Allardyce and Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid. The 37-year-old’s team-mates include Sir Mo Farah, Jamie Redknapp, Mark Wright and Chelsea fan Joe Wicks.

The event is a big opportunity for families to witness a major event at Stamford Bridge. With ticket prices from £20 for adults and £10 for children, a family of four can attend for just £60.

Tickets for Soccer Aid for Unicef 2019 are available now.

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