Judy Murray says she is “thrilled to bits” to be joining the coaching staff for this year’s Soccer Aid charity fundraising match.
Tennis coach Murray, who is the mother of major champions Andy and Jamie, will join Harry Redknapp and Robbie Keane as one of the coaches for the World XI at the game, which pits a mixture of entertainers and retired professional footballers from England against a similar select side from the rest of the world.
The game will be played at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on September 4 and will be televised by STV.
A fundraising target of £10m has been set, with proceeds to go to Unicef with the aim of delivering life-saving medical and food supplies for children.
“I’m thrilled to bits,” Murray told Good Morning Britain. “Wildly excited.
“It’s so great to be part of a major, major event. It raises money for charity, it brings people together from entertainment and sport together. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun.”
Former Manchester United stars Gary Neville, Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes are among the celebrities already confirmed for the England XI, which will be managed by Sven Goran Eriksson. Usain Bolt, Roberto Carlos and Nigel de Jong are just some of the names in the World XI.