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The bizarre reason why Ben Foster is playing for World XI in Soccer Aid

The bizarre reason why Ben Foster is playing for World XI in Soccer Aid

Ben Foster has been announced for the World XI at this year's Soccer Aid despite playing eight times for England.

Fans have been left baffled as to why Ben Foster is playing for the World XI in this year's Soccer Aid, but a simple explanation has now been provided.

The annual UNICEF charity fixture returns to Old Trafford this year, with all the action going down on June 11.

Jack Wilshere, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Gary Cahill, Jermain Defoe, Karen Carney and Liam Payne will all play for an England side captained by Lionesses legend Jill Scott and managed by Chelsea women's boss Emma Hayes.

Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive, skippers the World XI once again and will call the likes of Tommy Fury, Steven Bartlett, Lee Mack, Mo Gilligan, Maisie Adam and Kem Cetinay his teammates.

Fresh from securing promotion to the National League in a swift return to football, Foster is the latest star to be announced, with his arrival confirmed on a graphic containing his Wrexham bosses Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

But there's been mass confusion as Foster is wearing the World XI kit despite the former Manchester United goalkeeper being capped eight times by England and even playing at a World Cup in 2014.

Unlike Fury, whose mother Chantal is of Mauritian descent and therefore means he is eligible for the rest of the world, the 40-year old does not appear to qualify for another nation.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

With word from a spokesperson for Foster, SPORTbible has learned that the ex Watford and West Brom man is aligned World XI purely because he wants to be involved in the event.

David James is already the chosen professional goalkeeper for the England side and so Foster is set to line up opposite him.

In March, prior to his comeback, it was revealed that Foster would coach the World XI goalkeepers but it seems he will be in between the sticks now.

Harry Redknapp is part of the England management team this year but has coached the rest of the world previously, so it appears as though the rules go out the way on occasion.

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Speaking on his appearance in March, Foster told LiveScore: "We're really, really excited for it. I think I'll find it fairly easy because it's kind of both of my worlds mixing together in a way.

"Having played football for the best part of 20 years, I've jumped into this new sort of YouTube world.

"I've already done a lot of videos where we're sort of playing with YouTubers. Now we understand that world, it should be fairly easy for me!"

Don't be surprised to see that GoPro make an appearance.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy & Soccer Aid