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‘It’s about the hope of following the England team’

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The Football Association have denied reports they will ditch Three Lions as a pre-match song ahead of England games.

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According to The Sun, some at the FA want to axe Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds’ Football’s Coming Home anthem as the country’s World Cup song and remove it from matchday set-lists.

FA insist they don’t want to ditch Three Lions ahead of games over fears it’s ‘arrogant’

It is claimed there are concerns Three Lions is viewed as ‘arrogant’ and ‘offending other nations’, after Luka Modric and Leonardo Bonucci stated it pumped up Croatia at World Cup 2018 and Italy at Euro 2020.

But the FA has now released a statement, insisting that the plan is to continue playing a song which is “about the hope” of being an England fan.

“Contrary to reports this morning, the FA still plays Three Lions at major Wembley matches and has never had any intention of doing otherwise,” the statement read.

“The song belongs to the fans and is about the hope of following the England team.

“It was requested by the FA to be played as one of our team songs at the 2018 World Cup and at the Euros last summer and this is our plan at tournaments going forward.”

The original Three Lions song was released ahead of Euro 96 – a home tournament for England – and is a collaboration between comedians Baddiel and Skinner and the band the Lightning Seeds.

It charted at number one in the UK, as did an updated and revised version – Three Lions ’98 – released ahead of the 1998 World Cup.

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The most popular lyric, “football’s coming home”, has been used against England fans as a taunt by opposing supporters, most recently during the penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

There, Italy fans had signs and flags reading “It’s coming Rome”, while Germany supporters have also sung the refrain in matches when they have beaten England.

Reports its demise, though, appear premature.

Even Alan Brazil, a proud Scotsman, finds no offence to it.

“This is just bonkers,” said the talkSPORT Breakfast host when discussing the reports.

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Brazil wasn’t have any of the bonkers reports

Last summer, talkSPORT produced a documentary about Three Lions and one of the song’s co-creators, David Baddiel, confirmed the tune was born out of self deprecation and not arrogance.

In ‘It’s Coming Home: The Story of Three Lions’, comedian Baddiel said: “One of the things about Three Lions is, when we sat down to write it, the key element of it was we are going to write a song that is actually about the reality of being an England fan and perhaps the reality of being a football fan, which is that, most of time, you think you’re going to lose. Or, certainly most of your experience is you’re going to lose, it’s not going to come up to your expectations.

“England has a long history of releasing songs saying we’re going to win, which turned out to be wrong. So, basically, Three Lions is written from the point of view that we probably won’t win.

“Everyone is saying we’re rubbish, which they do most of the time, but there is this kind of magical thinking that goes on where you believe, that despite that, we are going to win. That’s how the song chimes, I think, with football fans.

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Baddiel and Skinner, who hosted Fantasy Football League, joined forces with Ian Broudie from The Lightening Seeds to create the epic football song

“I think that because the song is quite vulnerable, lyrically, about how we’re probably going to lose, it doesn’t feel triumphalist or aggressive and nationalistic. I think it feels quite, kind of, moving. A sort of vulnerable patriotism.

“When Croatia, or whoever, say ‘the It’s Coming Home thing is arrongant’, that’s not what it’s meant to be.”

Even Germany international, and Tottenham legend, Jurgen Klinsmann revealed how much they loved the track.

He told talkSPORT: “It had a very special meaning to everyone in England but it was also a beautiful song to sing a long to, even if you’re not English.

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“We enjoyed it so much we sang it after being fortunate enough to win [Euro 1996]. We sang it on the balcony of the Frankfurt Civic Centre when we showed the trophy to 20,000 German fans.

“Because we lived through the tournament ourselves it became a part of us.”

After hearing Klinsmann’s comments, Brazil’s fervour over claims the song could be axed increased.

“There you go,” he responded.

“There is a German superstar talking about it. They adopted it a little bit, sort of taunting the English, but it’s not offensive.”

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Klinsmann, the Tottenham cult hero, captained Germany to Euro 1996 glory and then sang Three Lions because he loved it so much


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