Ex-Arsenal star Jack Wilshere sits Petr Cech down to assist Ellen White’s historic Soccer Aid goal

Former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere passes the ball at Soccer Aid
Jack Wilshere was in fine form for England against the World XI (Picture: Getty)

Jack Wilshere rolled back the years with an exquisite assist to set up Ellen White’s first-half equaliser for England against the World XI at Soccer Aid – embarrassing his ex-Arsenal team-mate Petr Cech in the process.

England, co-managed by Frank Lampard, Harry Redknapp, Vicky McClure and Robbie Williams, got off to the perfect start as ex-Chelsea and England winger Joe Cole opened the scoring on his return to Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard found an equaliser just moments later, beating David James with a dipping free-kick, before 100m world-record holder Usain Bolt helped set up Alessandro Del Piero to put the World XI in front.

But White, the Lionesses’ all-time leading goalscorer, ensured the two teams went into half-time break with the score level, latching onto a sublime Wilshere assist to become the first female goalscorer in Soccer Aid history.

After some fine play by Cole, Wilshere sat Cech down with a deft touch to the goalkeeper’s left before putting the ball on a plate for White, who made no mistake from close range.

A beaming White immediately went over to Wilshere to celebrate the goal with the former England midfielder, a two-time FA Cup winner with Arsenal, with the goal leaving the match finely poised heading into the second period.

At the half-time break, Jermaine Jenas hailed White’s historic goal as a ‘big, big moment’ and labelled Wilshere’s play in the build-up ‘a joke’.

‘This is what Ellen has done her whole life,’ the ex-Tottenham and England midfielder said on ITV’s coverage of the match.

‘She just stuck it in the back of the net.

Ellen White celebrates with Joe Cole
White made Soccer Aid history with her first-half strike at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

‘The quality from Jack is a joke but how many times have you seen her just there.

‘Sam Thompson’s at the back post trying to steal it! He’s desperate! But Ellen says: “This is mine!”

‘It’s a big, big moment, let’s be honest. It’s huge.’



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