Maya Jama and Alex Scott bring glamor to Soccer Aid as they posed for photos ahead of the all-star match, set to take place on Saturday.
Maya, 26 – who returns as an expert – beamed from ear to ear in the photoshoot, which paired her official Soccer Aid t-shirt with tie-dye jeans.
It comes as Roman Kemp had to pull out in the final hour after testing positive for coronavirus on Friday.
Fantastic! Maya Jama (L) and Alex Scott (R) bring glamor to Soccer Aid as they posed for photos ahead of Saturday’s all-star match
Maya was joined by fellow presenter and former soccer veteran Alex, who proudly pointed to the Soccer Aid decal as she smiled at the camera.
The raven beauty, 36, who will be the touchline reporter, looked stunning as she sported a glamorous makeup palette and chose to wear her locks in a sleek, straight style.
The charity event, which is raising money for UNICEF UK, will also see Usain Bolt, Mark Wright, Paddy McGuinness and Sir Mo Farah take the field for a friendly between two teams of celebrities and former professional footballers.
Cute! Maya, 26 – returning as an expert – beamed from ear to ear as she posed for photographers, pairing her official Soccer Aid T-shirt with tie-dye jeans
Stunning: For the photo shoot, Maya was joined by fellow presenter and former soccer veteran Alex, who proudly pointed to the Soccer Aid decal as she smiled at the camera
Covid scare: It’s because Roman Kemp had to pull out in the last hour, after testing positive for coronavirus on Friday
Ore Oduba, Joel Dommett, Liv Cooke and Chunkz will also participate, alongside football stars Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Kelly Smith, Roberto Carlos, Patrice Evra, David James, Emile Heskey and Jamie Redknapp.
Olly Murs, 37, a former footballer who joined the fun, was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery last month after ‘a fragment of bone managed to lodge itself at the back of my knee’.
The singer has happily reassured fans that he will still be competing in the tournament, by sharing a link to the Soccer Aid podcast on Spotify via his Instagram bio.
Joining the fun: Also joining the fun is Soccer Aid veteran Olly Murs, 37, who was rushed to hospital last month for emergency knee surgery
Other stars, including singers James Arthur, Tom Grennan and former Love Islander Kem Cetinay, will join Maya and Alex in the annual charity contest.
The match will take place at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. Wayne Rooney is coming out of retirement to return to play for England after leading the England squad in 2020 with David Seaman as goalkeeping coach.
Harry Redknapp returns as the team’s manager for the rest of the world.
Former England captain David Beckham, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, will also be in attendance and will present the trophy to the winning team on the evening.
‘I’m gutted!’: Roman, 28, took to Twitter on Thursday to confirm he would miss the UNICEF fundraiser
Dermot O’Leary returns to host the TV coverage.
Roman took to Twitter on Friday to confirm that he would be missing out on the UNICEF charity fundraiser, saying he was “appalled” to be watching from home.
‘I’m completely devastated. I tested positive so I won’t be playing at @SoccerAid tomorrow night,” he wrote.
“I will be cheering from a couch and hope everyone donates as much as possible for charity. Come on Soccer Aid World XI FC!’
Roman attended the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in London on Wednesday before heading to Manchester to train with his famous team.
However, after testing positive for Covid, he was forced to withdraw from the upcoming match.
Rock on! Rockstar Yungblud, 24, is busy preparing for his football debut
Presenters: The annual charity competition, which raises money for Unicef, pits England against the rest of the world in a live show hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Alex Scott on ITV
Returning to the pitch: Wayne Rooney returns from retirement to play for England again after leading the England squad in 2020 with David Seaman as goalkeeping coach
Before the match, Football Focus presenter Alex said: ‘I’m so excited! I’ve wanted to be involved with Soccer Aid for Unicef for many years, so I’m excited to be a part of it now as a pitch-side reporter.
“I’ve been watching the games for years and I know a lot of people are looking forward to it. It will be great to be back in a stadium with fans – all for such a great cause.
“With so many great names already signed up – and many more to come – there’s no excuse not to get your tickets now!”
From the villa to the pitch: Former Love Islander Kem Cetinay will also show his football skills
Wayne added: “Putting on an England shirt is always special, so I’m absolutely delighted to be doing it again in Soccer Aid for Unicef in September.
“Last year leading the England team was great, but being around the players made me want to put the boots back on – now I have that chance, one last time.
“Football aid for UNICEF has been a huge force since it started in 2006 and I know the public will support us again this year by purchasing tickets, which are now on sale.”
Welcome return: Also returning to the Soccer Aid field are reality star Mark Wright (pictured), TV host Ore Oduba and football freestyler and sports host Liv Cooke
Since Soccer Air was founded in 2006, it has raised more than £47 million to help children around the world.
Soccer Aid 2020, which was held at Old Trafford, raised £9.3 million.
The 2021 match will take place on 4 September and will be broadcast on ITV and STV at 7.30pm.
Game time: The 2021 match will take place on September 4 and will be broadcast on ITV and STV (pictured X Factor star James Arthur)