It was a good day for One Direction fans as they watched Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan band together for Soccer Aid 2016.
Tomlinson joined the English team while Irish man Horan sided with the Rest of the World, The Sun reported. However, fans agonized that they only saw the One Direction stars play towards the end of the game, the publication noted. Nonetheless, their appearance at the event sent shockwaves throughout the Twitterverse.
Even their uneventful play, as described by the publication, didn’t dampen the spirits of the fans. Several fans expressed their happiness in seeing Horan and Tomlinson on the field. Some even remarked at how the two seemed to stay close while playing, which made for some hilarious moments on the field.
The night might have turned awkward at one point for Tomlinson and Horan when Zayn Malik’s song played inside the stadium. In spite of that, the bandmates enjoyed themselves although Horan might expect some kidding following the victory of Tomlinson and the England squad at three to two.
The charity match helped raise more than £5.4 million (AU$ 10.6 million) for UNICEF, Mail Online wrote. Other celebrities at the event were Robbie Williams, Damian Lewis, and various professional footballers, past and present. Proceeds from Soccer Aid 2016 would benefit “children in danger around the world,” said Mike Penrose, executive director of UNICEF UK.
“It has been amazing to see everyone from football legends to stars, to fans from far and wide celebrating our nation’s favorite sport while raising money for children around the world. For over ten years, Soccer Aid has raised millions of pounds to help Unicef build a safer world for children and tonight has been no exception. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported and donated to Soccer Aid, and to the UK government for matching every penny raised, meaning we will be able to get life-saving food, medicine, and clean water to even more vulnerable children around the world,” Penrose added.
Sources earlier revealed the likelihood that Niall Horan would release a solo album in 2017. Meanwhile, Louis Tomlinson reportedly plans to focus on television work as a presenter and producer, the Mirror revealed.