England responded well to the setback with Martin Keown heading just wide from a corner and comedian John Bishop forcing a top-class save from Van der Sar with a fizzing low drive from the edge of the area after being well set up by Sheringham.
Both teams lost players to injuries – Keane for the Rest of the World and Murs for England, with Hernan Crespo and JLS’s Marvin Humes their respective replacements.
Bar a Phillips header straight at Van der Sar, the Rest of the World stood firm for the remainder of the half to ensure they held the advantage at the break.
Van der Sar and Seaman made way for their celebrity understudies in goal at the start of the second half – Messrs Patrick Kielty and Jamie Theakston, while Graeme Le Saux replaced Keown. Proceedings were pretty even for the opening quarter of the second period but were interrupted for a prolonged injury break after Gordon Ramsay was shoved to the ground by Sheringham and ended up leaving the field on a stretcher. The break in play saw two new introductions with Robbie Williams replacing McGuinness at left-back for England and actor James McAvoy coming on for the crocked Ramsay for the Rest of the World.
The stoppage seemed to galvanise England who turned the game on its head soon after with two goals in quick succession. The ball dropped to Le Saux on the edge of the area and his speculative effort bounced off the shoulder of Sheringham and past the helpless Kielty on 69 minutes.
Three minutes later England midfielder Jonathan Wilkes, a scorer in the first ever Soccer Aid in 2006, put the Three Lions ahead with an excellent side-foot finish at Kielty’s near post after being found Phillips.
Thereafter England continued to look dangerous on the break with the Rest of the World struggling to create any real openings; indeed Seedorf’s low drive just past the post from a quick free-kick was all they could muster even after the late