‘Get me in’ – Luke Littler up for joining Frank Lampard, Eden Hazard, and Usain Bolt in Soccer Aid

Darts star Luke Littler is hoping to swap Double Top for Top Bins after making a public plea to play in Soccer Aid.

The Manchester United fan is hoping to get the call from England manager Frank Lampard to turn out at Stamford Bridge this summer.

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Littler has become a huge star since his run to the 2024 World Darts Championship finalCredit: Getty

The 17-year-old has already been the guest of honour in the stands at Old Trafford and Tottenham’s stadium following his darts heroics.

Littler now wants to get out onto the pitch himself at Chelsea’s home for Soccer Aid, an annual charity match that pits a mixture of former players and celebrities in an England vs World XI clash.

The teenager admitted he’s desperate to swap the oche for the penalty spot and line up alongside Sir Mo Farah and Jermain Defoe.

Appearing on JackMaate’s Happy Hour podcast, Littler was quizzed on whether he’d answer the call to face Usain Bolt and Eden Hazard.

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To which he replied: “100 per cent. I’ve seen they have only got about 10 people down, so if they are watching – get me in.

“I’m definitely not playing in goal if I play for Soccer Aid. Up front.”

Had things turned out very differently, Littler could have been lining up at Stamford Bridge as a player, having revealed recently that he wanted to be a footballer growing up.

His dad Anthony Buckley kept a firm hand on the bullseye however, and steered him towards darts.

Littler is keen to swap his darts shirt for an England one

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Littler is keen to swap his darts shirt for an England oneCredit: X @Jaack
Littler will miss out at the Nordic Masters this June when Soccer Aid is held

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Littler will miss out at the Nordic Masters this June when Soccer Aid is heldCredit: Getty

England squad at Soccer Aid

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England

  • Jill Scott
  • Stuart Broad
  • Bobby Braizer
  • Sam Thompson
  • Paddy McGuinness
  • David James
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Karen Carney
  • Gary Cahill
  • Tom Grennan
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Joe Cole
  • Sir Mo Farah
  • Alex Brooker
  • Erin Doherty
  • Steven Bartlett

England management and coaches

  • Frank Lampard
  • Harry Redknapp
  • Robbie Williams
  • David Seaman

Littler told BBC Radio 2: “I didn’t realise I was going to be this good, I played football beforehand, every kid, every young person wants to be a footballer.

“My dad said, ‘hang your boots up let’s focus on darts’. I was like, ‘I love it though.’

Luke Littler and Danny Murphy takes on Gerwyn Price and Dean Saunders at darts at Principality Stadium, Cardiff live on White & Jordan

“My dad said, ‘I think your ability to be a professional, you’ve got high chances.’ Six years later here I am.”

Littler has since risen to become a sensation in the world of darts with an astonishing rise in recent months.

It started at the PDC World Championship this year where he reached the final – the youngest person to ever do so at the age of 16 – before losing to Luke Humphries.

As a result, the youngster was handed a spot in this season’s Premier League of Darts, playing former world champions including Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price.

His jam-packed schedule will see him make his American debut in the US Darts Masters at Madison Square Garden a week before Soccer Aid.

It comes after Littler’s manager recently revealed how his star client must be looked after carefully to avoid burnout.

Martin Foulds, of ZXF Sports Management, told the BBC: “There’s no off-season in darts. You’ve got to travel to these events – you don’t just time-warp and you’re in Belfast, Graz, Munich, Rotterdam.

Soccer Aid is always good fun

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Soccer Aid is always good funCredit: Rex

“It’s unsustainable for any player to travel and play all of those events. When you’re playing in the Premier League especially, travelling can take its toll on anybody.

“He’s still a teenager, still 17 – if he wasn’t playing darts, he’s be doing an apprenticeship or still be in school. So there are duties of care we have to follow to look after Luke as best as we can.”



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