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How old is Kevin Pietersen and why is England cricketer playing for the Soccer Aid 2018 World XI?

Kevin Pietersen will be in action during Soccer Aid, but he won't be wearing England's colours

KEVIN PIETERSEN heads to Old Trafford today, but he will playing at the Theatre of Dreams rather than the cricket ground with the same name.

The former England batsman will be representing the Rest of the World XI in Soccer Aid.

 Kevin Pietersen will represent the World XI in Soccer Aid against England
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Kevin Pietersen will represent the World XI in Soccer Aid against England

How old is Kevin Pietersen and when did he retire from cricket?

Kevin Pietersen was born on June 27, 1980. He is 37 years old.

He played for England from 2004 until 2014, when new ECB Cricket Director and former England captain Andrew Strauss informed him he wouldn't be considered for selection.

In UK cricket, Pietersen played for Surrey from 2010 to 2015 and rejoined the Lions last year for the T20 Blast.

This year he played T20 for both the Melbourne Stars in Australia and Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan before finally hanging up his gloves in March.

Why is Kevin Pietersen playing for the Rest of the World XI and not England in Soccer Aid?

Kevin Pietersen was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and played for KwaZulu Natal until he was 19, when he moved to England.

As a born and bred South African, he therefore qualifies to play for the World XI.

Pietersen commented: “The loyalty I showed to the Three Lions throughout my cricket career was undeniable, but Soccer Aid for Unicef is a game like no other, so I’m prepared to play against England if it means I can raise money for Unicef.

"Knowing that donations will be matched pound for pound by the UK government, doubling the difference for children in danger around the world, I have double the motivation.

“When I heard that Soccer Aid for Unicef was back, my first reaction was to offer my skills to Robbie’s England team.

"But any chance to get under Piers Morgan’s skin shouldn’t be missed so I can’t wait to get out on the pitch at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June and receive my first cap for the Soccer Aid World XI.”

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