Soccer Aid 2021: Olly Murs and Mark Wright gear up for football match

Soccer Aid 2021: Best pals Olly Murs and Mark Wright gear up for football match as they leave Cheshire hotel in their football kit

They’re gearing up for the Soccer Aid 2021 football match in support of UNICEF.

And Olly Murs and Mark Wright were spotted leaving a Cheshire hotel in their football kit ahead of the game on Saturday night.

The singer, 37, and the TOWIE star, 34, appeared in high spirits as they left the venue to head for training alongside their fellow celebrities taking part. 

Soccer Aid 2021: Olly Murs and Mark Wright were spotted leaving a Cheshire hotel in their football kit ahead of the Soccer Aid game on Saturday 

The Essex natives, who have been best pals for years, chatted to each other while strolling along in their socks and sandals combo.

The pair appeared to be in good shape as they donned their blue sports tops and navy shorts ahead of their training session.

Mark, who played Crawley Town last season, was well prepared for the day ahead, ensuring to bring along a bottle of water and two bananas to re-fuel. 

Good friends: The singer, 37, and the TOWIE star, 34, appeared in high spirits as they left the venue on Friday to head for training alongside their fellow celebrities taking part

Luxury stay: Olly admired a flash car as he left the hotel 

Both lads looked handsome-as-ever, sporting similar slicked-back hairstyles.

But the duo weren’t heading to training alone – they were closely followed by their comrades James Arthur, Sir Mo Farah, James Bay and Usain Bolt. 

The stars will take to the pitch for a friendly match alongside former professional footballers. 

Also spotted outside the Cheshire hotel was Kem Cetinay, Dermot O’Leary and Paddy McGuinness – who was seen limping with a leg bandage. 

Sporting legend: Mo Farah looked excited as he wore his knee pads ahead of the game


Not alone: The duo weren’t heading to training alone – they were closely followed by their comrades James Arthur (right), Mo Farah and James Bay (left)

Paddy’s untimely injury isn’t the only setback to the game, with Roman Kemp being forced to withdraw at the final hour after testing positive for Covid, reportedly leaving the whole competition in jeopardy.

The Capital FM presenter was due to play the celebrity match at Manchester City’s ground on Saturday, alongside the likes of Paddy McGuinness and Jamie Redknapp.

However, Roman, 28, took to Twitter on Friday to confirm he would be missing out on the UNICEF charity fundraiser, and said he was ‘gutted’ he would have to watch from home.

Pre-injury: Paddy McGuinness looked in high spirits as he headed to training pre-injury 


Uh oh! Paddy’s untimely injury isn’t the only setback to the game, with Roman Kemp being forced to withdraw at the final hour after testing positive for Covid 

A source told The Sun his positive test is ‘worrying for everyone involved’ as Roman was training with some of the other players just days ago.

The insider told the publication: ‘It is worrying for everyone involved in Soccer Aid however as Roman was training with a lot of the players yesterday and has been in close contact with so many people.

‘Keeping the teams and those working on Soccer Aid Covid-safe is the organisers’ top priority.

Shame: Capital FM presenter Roman  was due to play the celebrity match but had to pull out after testing positive for Covid

Icon: Usain Bolt looked like he meant business as he left the hotel in Puma sliders 

Raising money: Also spotted outside the Cheshire hotel as they prepared to raise money for UNICEF UK was Kem Cetinay who chatted to the Olympian

‘Everyone in contact with Roman is going to be tested and extra measures are being put in place to stop any further spread. The game tomorrow will absolutely still be going ahead and this is an isolated case.’

A representative for ITV has been contacted by MailOnline for a comment.

Roman wrote on Twitter after testing positive: ‘I’m absolutely gutted. I’ve had a positive test come through so I won’t be playing at @SoccerAid tomorrow night,’ he wrote.

Nerves: Usain flashed a grimacing smile as he held his football boots  

Celebrity match: Retired footballer David James will also be joining in on the fun

‘I’ll be cheering from a sofa and hope that everyone donates as much as they can for the cause. Come on Soccer Aid World XI FC!’

The son of Martin Kemp then went on to thank his stand-ins for his Capital Breakfast show on Friday morning.

Roman wrote: ‘Big thanks as well to @aimeevivian & @itswillmanning for stepping in on Capital Breakfast this morning. Gonna try and get back on air from Monday live from my bed

Last minute preparations: Chunkz let off some steam with an e-cigarette ahead of heading to the stadium

‘AND am just extremely grateful that I have had BOTH vaccine jabs before catching this. If you’re still wondering if you should get it please please do.’

Roman attended the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in London on Wednesday before heading up to Manchester to train with his celebrity team.

However, after he tested positive for Covid he was forced to pull out of the upcoming game. 

Returning manager: Harry Redknapp returns as manager of the Soccer Aid World XI FC (right). Pictured left: Pablo Zabaleta

Former footballers Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Kelly Smith, Roberto Carlos, Patrice Evra, David James, Emile Heskey and Jamie Redknapp will also take part.

Harry Redknapp returns as manager of the Soccer Aid World XI FC, while Micah Richards and David Seaman will join the England coaching team with Sven-Goran Eriksson as England manager.

Former England captain David Beckham, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, will also be in attendance and will present the trophy to the winning team on the night.

Dermot O’Leary returns to host the TV coverage, and he will be joined by new touchline reporter Alex Scott and pundit Maya Jama.

The Soccer Aid for UNICEF match will air live on ITV and via ITV Hub on Saturday.

TV coverage: Dermot returns to host the TV coverage, and he will be joined by new touchline reporter Alex Scott and pundit Maya Jama

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