SOME of the UK’s best loved stars have shown their support for a North East charity by naming their football dream teams.
Alexandra Burke, Aston Merrygold, Gareth Gates and S Club’s Jo O’Meara, are among a galaxy of singing stars backing a new fantasy football league set up in support of St Oswald’s Hospice which cares for adults, children and babies with incurable conditions across the North East.
And Soccer Aid stalwart Gareth Gates, who performed at Newcastle Pride this summer, selected a team of legends including David Seaman “because he’s a good friend of mine,” Lionel Messi, Pele and Leeds player Tony Yeboah, “one of the greatest strikers of all time.”
He also included Sol Campbell – “one of the greatest defenders and he’s huge” – and Cristiano Ronaldo, “because he’s one of the game’s greats, although he’d have to argue with Beckham for the free kicks.”
Bending it like Beckham on Jo O’Meara’s team were the other six members of S Club, along with Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Lee from 911 and Brian McFadden, while both Aston and Alexandra opted to have Olly Murs on their teams.
Alexandra’s other dream signings included Robbie Williams, Usain Bolt, Seal, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball, while Aston chose football freerunners Jezza and Billy, footballers Jesse Lingard and Tony Adams and rapper Stormzy.
“I’d also put myself in the team,” he said, “and I’d have Justin Bieber, in goal.”
To sign up for St Oswald’s Hospice Fantasy Football league, visit www.charityfantasyfootball.co.uk or call the Hospice on 0191 285 0063 ext 2129.