New England World Cup anthem

England fans have been singing “Football Comes Home” for almost 30 years and now a new version of the song that gave them that familiar song, “Three Lions” has been released ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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This song has been around since it was first performed by comedians David Badel and Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds in 1996 as the official song of the host nation of that year’s European Championship (whose slogan is “Football Comes Homes”). ) was published, it was a terrace anthem.

Apart from the happy song, part of the song’s lasting appeal is the fact that “thirty years of hurt” is sad in the original lyrics – a reference to when England’s men’s team won their only international honor at the 1966 World Cup. Cup — still slowly rising. They’ve come close to resetting that clock in recent years, but alas, the 56-year count has now suffered.

England failed to take home the best of football at Euro 96, losing to eventual winners Germany in the semi-finals on penalties after Gareth Southgate – England’s current manager – missed a crucial spot-kick in the shootout.

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However, this did not stop the nation from taking the song to their hearts and it reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on two separate occasions during the summer of that year.

A new version was re-released two years later to coincide with the 1998 World Cup, with a set of new lyrics that referred to England’s deep performance at Euro 96 and how their “heroes in grey” had renewed hope of a match. . The nation is always waiting

It wasn’t to be – England went to Argentina in the last 16 after David Beckham’s red card and the worst penalty shoot-out – but that didn’t stop the Three Lions tracking the national team’s performances for the next game. two decades

The song dates back to 2018 when Southgate’s England reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and then finished as runners-up to Italy at Euro 2020 – after losing the final at (yes you guessed it) Wembley on penalties. And England fans keep telling each other he’s “coming home” in the run-up to and during every tournament, much to the bewilderment and derision of the rest of the world.

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On the back of that new wave of popularity, Baddiel and Skinner are back with a brand new version of The Three Lions ahead of the 2022 World Cup — an updated version of the classic with a new title that serves as a nod to the strange timing of this year’s tournament.

With Lightning Seeds providing the music, “Three Lions (It’s Coming Home for Christmas)” was released this week with another set of revised lyrics.

England women’s team are also mentioned amid a flurry of Christmas puns (“three lions on a sledge”, “Christmas tree formation”) and snarky jokes about FIFA “they should have checked VAR when they decided on Qatar”). It was able to successfully bring football home in the summer of Euro 2022. In fact, the video even begins with a clip of the Lionesses celebrating their victory with coach Sarina Wigman performing her own version of the song.

Of course, the iconic song ‘It’s Coming Home’ got little added after the Lionesses finally did it by beating Germany at Wembley, but Badiel and Skinner revealed they felt it needed to be sung once more to help the men. broadcast themselves. This team is in the same way in Qatar.

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“We couldn’t resist the fact that the World Cup was on Christmas and people have said in the past that football songs are a bit thick, and obviously Christmas songs are a bit catchy,” Skinner told the BBC. “

“In mathematics, two negatives make a positive, so we think there is so much difficulty in this that it will be a classic.”

Badil added: The lions brought it home, football came home and some say this is the end of the song, don’t sing it anymore.

But we decided to give it another go, on the basis that the blokes didn’t bring it home.”

Whatever you think of the new version (even Baddiel and Skinner themselves sing “a football Christmas carol, it’s not derogatory at all…”), you’ll likely still hear English fans chanting in Qatar.” comes home”. in other tournaments for years to come.


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