It's meant to be a friendly game! Gordon Ramsay is stretchered off after blistering tackle from Teddy Sheringham at Soccer Aid
23:50 GMT, 27 May 2012
It’s supposed to be a friendly game to raise money for charity but someone forgot to tell Teddy Sheringham that as he took out Gordon Ramsay at Soccer Aid today.
Ramsay had to be given oxygen on the pitch before being stretchered off after the former England international tackled him from behind at the fourth charity soccer match which was held at Old Trafford in Manchester to raise funds for Unicef.
He wasn’t the only person to get hurt, Will Ferrell also had to leave the pitch early when he suffered a leg injury late in the second half, although the Hollywood funnyman managed to hobble off himself without help from the medical team.
Ouch! The Rest of the World's Gordon Ramsay goes down after a bruising tackle from England's Teddy Sheringham at Soccer Aid and the pain is evident on his face
He needs oxegyn! Concerned medics rush to Ramsay's aid after he was taken out by a bracing tackle from Sheringham during the charity football match
Floored: Ramsay stood no chance as he was subjected to a crushing tackle from former England international Teddy and had to receive urgent medical attention
Gordon Ramsay is stretchered off during The Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford on Sunday night after a challenge by Sheringham
Soccer Aid’s England versus the Rest of the World was organised by Take That’s Robbie Williams and has so far raised more than 4 million for the children’s charity.
The Rest of the World team, which included a host of Hollywood stars including captain Michael Sheen, Ferrell, Gerard Butler, Mike Myers, James McAvoy and Edward Norton was managed by Kenny Dalglish with Ian Rush as his assistant.
Take Him Out: TV presenter Paddy McGuinness tackles Hollywood heartthrob Gerard Butler at the Soccer Aid charity match at Old Trafford in Manchester today
Football legends Hernan Crespo, Roy Keane, Clarence Seedorf, Jaap Stam, Edwin Van Der Sar and Freddie Ljungberg all lined out against England but it was Kasabian rocker Serge Pizzorno who opened the scoring leaving them one nil up at half time.
However, England – captained by Williams – staged an impressive comeback in the second half with goals from Sheringham, Robbie’s best pal Jonathan Wilkes and soccer star Kevin Phillips to take home the trophy.
Who's the bigger star now Mike Myers and Aston Merrygold go head to head during the Soccer Aid charity match in Manchester today
England versus USA: English comedian John Bishop takes on US funnyman Will Ferrell in the Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford, which England won 3-1
Take That's Mark Owen and JLS singers Aston Merrygold and Marvin Humes lined out for England along with comedians John Bishop and Paddy McGuinness and popstar Olly Murs.
However, Pizzorno was a worthy man of the match winner for his sensational chip over the head of former England goalkeeper David Seaman, following a pass from Ljungberg.
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Captain Fantastic: Michael Sheen aims to stop Merrygold from getting to the ball during Soccer Aid today
West Ham's Sam Allardyce managed the winning team with Peter Reid as his assistant manager.
The Government has pledged to match all the cash raised through donations.
Tough work: Olly Murs and Mark Owen joke around as they take a break during the England versus the Rest of the World charity soccer game today
Champions! The England team celebrate after victory against the Rest of the World in the match at Old Trafford for Soccer Aid
Speaking before the game, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said: ‘The huge public response to the Soccer Aid appeal shows that those watching tonight's game are united not only by a love of football but by a fantastic generosity of spirit.
Ready for battle: Captains Michael Sheen and Robbie Williams lead their teams out for the Soccer Aid charity match today
‘We will reflect that spirit by matching pound for pound from our existing aid budget all public donations, helping Unicef reach hundreds of thousands more children in east and west Africa.
Soccer Aid was shown live on ITV1.
They scrub up well! Mark and Aston look dapper in their suits as they leave Old Trafford after Soccer Aid
Winners! (l-r) Olly Murs, John Bishop, Bradley Walsh and Peter Reid check out what's being written about them in the Soccer Aid match programme
A touch of glamour: Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher dazzles in blue at the Soccer Aid charity match at Old Trafford today