John Terry will return to Stamford Bridge this summer to play in Soccer Aid for Unicef 2019.
The most successful player in Blues history, and the man who captained us more than anyone else, will be playing his first game at the Bridge since leaving as a Premier League champion in 2017 when he pulls on an England kit to face a Soccer Aid World XI on Sunday 16 June.
Terry will be lining up for England alongside another former Chelsea Women skipper Katie Chapman, as well as his former Blues team-mates Joe Cole and Glen Johnson. They will face a World XI containing some familiar faces in his old defensive partner Ricardo Carvalho and fellow Blues legends Didier Drogba and Michael Essien.
Announcing his return, Terry said: ‘Everything about playing in Soccer Aid for Unicef is a huge honour – not just for me personally but also for my family. As a Dad, the work that Unicef do around the world really resonates with me and I look forward to contributing to that. Our family has watched Soccer Aid for Unicef over the years and I am extremely excited to play.
‘Being back at Stamford Bridge will of course be very significant for me personally – I have many cherished memories on that pitch. Soccer Aid for Unicef will be right up there in terms of creating special moments, which, after all, is why we love football so much. Who knows – maybe I might be able to lift a trophy on the pitch again, one last time?
‘Representing your country in any match, whatever the context, is a great honour. Pulling on the England shirt again will be a source of enormous pride. This time that will not be because we want to win an international match but because the ‘prize’ is much more significant – raising as much money for children as possible.
‘There are so many top players involved that it is guaranteed to be a memorable match – it will be great to play with and against some very familiar faces. With that in mind I would urge all football fans to buy a ticket and come along to support a fantastic cause.’
The two sides on the evening will be managed by Harry Redknapp and Sam Allardyce, with Usain Bolt, Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid, Mark Wright and Joe Wicks among the celebrities set to be involved on the day.
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 under 16, a family of four can attend for just £60.