25/05/2012 11:17 BST | Updated 25/05/2012 12:30 BST

Olly Murs Misses One Direction Dates For Soccer Aid

Footy mad Olly Murs has left One Direction high and dry by pulling out of the start of their US tour to have a kickaround with Robbie Williams.

The former X Factor favourite has been given the chance to crack America by supporting the band on their tour.

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He was set to open for the group earlier this week, but left them in the lurch to prepare for Sunday's Soccer Aid match.

Ok, so it's not just a Sunday League game in Essex - Olly will be on the England side alongside the JLS boys and captain Robbie.

They will take on the Rest of the World, including Will Ferrell and James McAvoy, to raise money for UNICEF.

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And the star admits that despite the huge career boost the US dates would have given him, he'd happily ditch music career to be a footballer.

He tells Heat: "I've cancelled the first days of the One Direction tour to be here! When they asked if I could play, I said there's no way I'd miss this.

"So yeah, basically I've given up the biggest career opportunity to be here! I'm flying out to join them next week though.

"I've always said if I was given the opportunity to become a professional football player, I'd drop everything to do it. I mean that, I really would."

Maybe it's a good think Olly is missing a few nights in America with the One Direction boys - he's vowed to ruin their innocent reputation by showing them the sordid sites of Las Vegas.

He told The Sun: "I've been to Vegas a bit so I know the sights. I'll take them for a walk around and let them know what they can get up to."