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Do any real footballers make cameos in Ted Lasso?

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Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso combines fantasy with football, telling the tale of Premier League side, AFC Richmond.

Aside from the fictional club from outside London though, real clubs' names are used in the series. One episode features a trip to play Everton away, while Manchester City come to Richmond on the final day of the season. 

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Though the first season of the show was limited in its celebrity cameos, the second season has expanded its scope to feature some of the biggest names in the game and the world of television.

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Sky's Jeff Stelling and Chris Kamara both feature in a Soccer Saturday-style studio alongside character Roy Kent, after Kent becomes a pundit. In a similar scene, ITV presenter Seema Jaswal is seen chatting to Arsenal legend Ian Wright about AFC Richmond's upcoming encounter with Tottenham Hotspur. 

Gary Lineker and Thierry Henry later feature in the second season episode 'Beard After Hours', again in a studio scene criticising the Richmond coaching staff, before appearing to follow Coach Beard throughout the episode. The episode culminates with both Lineker and Henry in a club with Beard - though it's unclear whether this is part of a hallucination or whether the pair are actually there. 

Outside of TV studio-based scenes, Premier League referee Mike Dean is verbally assaulted by assistant coach Nate in the episode 'Man City', while former Chelsea and Juventus forward Eni Aluko plays a character called Georgia in the episode 'Rainbow'. 

Peter Crouch, Chris Stark and Tom Fordyce - who host the Peter Crouch podcast - all appear in an episode in Season 2, as well. 

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