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Jeremy Renner joins Soccer Aid team

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Image caption Jeremy Renner will join the Rest of the World team, captained by Welsh actor Michael Sheen

Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner has signed up to play in this year's charity Soccer Aid match.

The Oscar-nominated Hurt Locker star will play as part of the Rest of the World team, to be managed by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

He joins previously announced team mates James McAvoy and Michael Sheen, who will take on a group of celebrities and footballers representing England.

The event, held on 8 June at Old Trafford, will be broadcast on ITV.

Renner follows in the footsteps of Hollywood actors Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers, Edward Norton and Gerard Butler - all of whom have taken part in previous matches.

Sheen will captain Renner's team, which also includes chef Gordon Ramsay, Westlife's Nicky Byrne, comedian Patrick Kielty, The Musketeers actor Santiago Cabrera and Man v Food presenter Adam Richman.

They will be joined by professional footballers Alessandro Del Piero, Edwin van der Sar, Jaap Stam and Edgar Davids.

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Image caption Robbie Williams, who created the event in 2006, will captain the England squad

Take That star Robbie Williams - who first created the event in 2006 - will lead the England team, managed by West Ham Utd's Sam Allardyce.

Homeland star Damian Lewis, former Doctor Who Matt Smith and True Blood's Stephen Moyer are also on the squad, along with singers Mark Owen and Olly Murs, comics John Bishop and Jack Whitehall and presenters Ben Shephard, Paddy McGuiness and Jamie Theakston.

English footballers on the roster include Jamie Redknapp, Jamie Carragher, David Seaman and Teddy Sheringham.

It will be the fifth Soccer Aid event, with previous matches held at Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006, 2010 and 2012.

Money raised through ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will go to Unicef.

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