Soccer Aid: Olly Murs takes the knee alongside fellow stars for BLM

Olly Murs and fellow celebrity players showed their support towards the Black Lives Matter movement at annual charity game Soccer Aid at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.

The captain for the England football team, 36, knelt to the ground alongside the likes of teammate Danny Jones and Rest of The World players DJ Locksmith and guitarist Sergio Pizzorno as a powerful symbol against racism.

Black Lives Matter has been recognised worldwide in recent months after a video surfaced of a white officer Derek Chauvin killing unarmed black man George Floyd by crushing his neck with his knee in Minneapolis back in May. 

Powerful: Olly Murs and fellow celebrity players showed their support towards the Black Lives Matter movement at annual charity game Soccer Aid at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday

Powerful: Olly Murs and fellow celebrity players showed their support towards the Black Lives Matter movement at annual charity game Soccer Aid at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday

American footballer Colin Kaepernick's national anthem kneeling protest staged in 2016 has since become synonymous with the movement. 

Sky Sports pundit Alex Scott has urged English football to press on with support for the campaign next season.

The former Arsenal women's star said clubs, players and staff should continue their displays against discrimination after a year that has seen the world of sport play a huge part in bringing awareness by striking, taking a knee before games and wearing the movement's message on jerseys.

The death of George triggered protests around the world and those demonstrations reached many sports - with the Premier League featuring Black Lives Matter on shirts instead of player names.

Making a statement: The captain for the England team, 36, knelt to the ground alongside the likes of Danny Jones, DJ Locksmith and Sergio Pizzorno as a symbol against racism (pictured)

Making a statement: The captain for the England team, 36, knelt to the ground alongside the likes of Danny Jones, DJ Locksmith and Sergio Pizzorno as a symbol against racism (pictured)

'We need to keep it at the forefront': Sky Sports pundit Alex Scott has urged English football to press on with support for the campaign next season (pictured with Dermot O'Leary)

'We need to keep it at the forefront': Sky Sports pundit Alex Scott has urged English football to press on with support for the campaign next season (pictured with Dermot O'Leary)

Clubs kneeled before each game in the restart and there are plans to keep that show of support going for the 2020-21 campaign.

'We still need to keep the Black Lives Matter movement going,' former Strictly star Alex, 35, said after England's 1-0 win over Iceland in the Nations League on Saturday. 

'Basketball players in the play-offs are boycotting games. We just need to keep going. We need to keep it at the forefront of people's conversation. So any opportunity we can, we need to shine a light on it.' 

Earlier in the event, Olly was left disappointed as Olivia Colman declined his offer to join the England football team.

Speaking via a video call, he attempted to persuade the award-winning actress, 46, to play in the match, but the screen star made it clear she'd only be interested in taking part in TV, theatre and film roles.

The Voice judge later reached out to will.i.am, Dolly Parton, Alan Carr, Alison Hammond and Rylan Clark-Neal, before settling with comedian Joel Dommett.

'I think I'll pass!' Earlier in the event, Olly was left disappointed as Olivia Colman declined his offer to join the England football team

'I think I'll pass!' Earlier in the event, Olly was left disappointed as Olivia Colman declined his offer to join the England football team

The funny sketch kicked off with the former X Factor star approaching manager Sam Allardyce, joined by fellow coach Wayne Rooney, for advice on who to recruit for the group.

Olly's description of the job clearly confused The Crown star Olivia, who believed she was signing up for an acting stint. 

'Do you have a script you can send me? I can research the striker and it can grow originally! Do you have Dame Judi on board?', the thespian asked, before the musician said: 'Just Mark Wright!'

An unimpressed Olivia boldly replied: 'I think I'll pass!' 

Pretty please? Speaking via a video call, the Voice judge attempted to persuade the award-winning actress, 46, to play in the match

Pretty please? Speaking via a video call, the Voice judge attempted to persuade the award-winning actress, 46, to play in

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