We’re NOT ditching the Three Lions: FA chiefs deny claims they want to axe anthem as England’s official World Cup song over fears it ‘offends’ other nations
The FA today rubbished reports that is set to drop the iconic ‘Three Lions’ anthem as the Inghilterra football team’s official World Cup song amid fears it could be seen as arrogant by other countries.
It was reported last night that association chiefs were reviewing other options which would see choruses of Baddiel and Skinner’s ‘Football’s Coming Home’ reminiscent of Euro ’96 abandoned for a ‘less offensive’ alternative.
Neil Diamond’s beloved ‘Sweet Caroline’ had been tipped to replace the classic anthem, as critics hit out at what they described as a ‘svegliato‘ proposta – which has now been dismissed by the FA.
Un portavoce ha detto a MailOnline: ‘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 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 forwards.’
Former England international Peter Reid had earlier slammed the idea it could be dropped on Nick Ferrari’s LBC show.
The FA has rubbished reports that it is set to drop the iconic ‘Three Lions’ anthem as England football team’s official World Cup song amid fears it could be seen as arrogant by other countries (the song’s writers David Baddiel and Frank Skinner are pictured in 1998)
Former England international Peter Reid (pictured in action in 1986) had earlier slammed the idea it could be dropped on Nick Ferrari’s LBC show
Egli ha detto: ‘I thought it was a joke to be perfectly honest. I remember the year [di 1996]. it was great expectations, the crowd got behind it and I can’t see that upsetting anybody. to tell you the truth.
‘I think we’re a proud nation, we get behind our team – maybe a little bit too much in the final at the Euros this summer – but England fans are great, they sing and get behind the team.
‘I don’t see that offending anybody or making us seem arrogant. I had a look at the lyrics and they’re brilliant. Nothing in there, non credo, makes us arrogant or offends anybody.
‘I know some of the lads who played in that era and it just galvanised them. It’s a great football song, everybody knows it. It gets behind the team, everybody enjoys it…there’s nothing wrong with that.’
Fellow legend Paul Gascoigne, who was instrumental in the Three Lions’ march to the semi-finals at Euro ’96, ha detto al sole: ‘You can’t take that song off us, it would be like saying we can’t wave St George’s flags anymore.
‘This woke nonsense has no place in football. It’s just a great song.’
TalkTV presenter Piers Morgan echoed Gazza’s sentiment last night and questioned how the song could be seen as offensive given its self-depricating nature.
‘This song is all about wallowing in 30 years of pain and hurt and not winning anything – how can anyone say it’s arrogant?
Media personality Russell Grant also joined waves of fans responding on social media, as he tweeted: ‘Mulling over today’s news that someone at the FA wants to ban ‘Three Lions’ being sung in case ‘it offends other nations’ è, apart from being nonsensical, it now guarantees that Broudie, Baddiel and Skinner’s unofficial anthem will be sung more often and louder than ever.’
It comes after UEFA stopped comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel from singing their hit song before the Euro 2020 final last summer because it was seen as too ‘partisan’.
Officials share concerns that the song’s repetitive chant ‘It’s Coming Home’ suggests that England owns football and comes off as arrogant or snobbish to other countries.
England legend Paul Gascoigne (nella foto a sinistra dentro 1996 and right in March), who was instrumental in the Three Lions’ march to the semi-finals at Euro ’96, defended the song
An England fan holds up a flag with the message ‘It’s Coming Home’, a phrase taken from the iconic song
Il 1996 anthem enjoyed a roaring comeback during the 2018 Coppa del Mondo, in which England got to the semi-finals, and became the first song in UK history to have four spells at No 1 during the tournament
Three Lions was originally written as the England’s anthem for UEFA Euro 1996, and Skinner and Baddiel co-wrote and performed the song alongside The Lightning Seeds.
The anthem enjoyed a roaring comeback during the 2018 Coppa del Mondo, in which England got to the semi-finals, e became the first song in UK history to have four spells at No 1 during the tournament.
The song remains a key part of fans’ celebrations and efforts to support England players but now faces being dropped.
While appearing on the TV show The Last Leg I WAGS si sono goduti un sushi finto dall'aspetto delizioso 2020 final between England and Italy last summer, Skinner shared his frustrations with UEFA’s decision.
He reminded viewers that Andrea Bocelli sang Nessun Dormua at the opening ceremony – which saw Italy kick-off the tournament against Turkey.
Baddiel meanwhile told Sportsmail about the track and explained how the message it carries is the opposite of arrogant.
‘The lyrics say it – we almost never win. Generally we disappoint and yet we somehow think, against all experience, that we might do something.
Officials share concerns that the song’s repetitive chant ‘It’s Coming Home’ suggests that England owns football and comes off as arrogant or snobbish to other countries (England football team pictured March 29, 2022)
UEFA stopped Frank Skinner and David Baddiel singing Three Lions at Wembley ahead of the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy because the song was ‘too partisan’
The comedians were the masterminds behind the Three Lions football anthem – which was penned 26 years ago and is chanted by England fans at every tournament
‘Little moments — like David Platt scoring in extra time against Belgium in Italia 90 — can break through that despair, and lead you to hope. The song takes you on that journey which is a real one for England fans.’
Baddiel continued: ‘I think the song is the opposite of arrogant. It’s a vulnerable song about magical thinking.
‘What does happen is that when England are doing well, Football’s Coming Home itself becomes a kind of mantra pushing us towards victory.
‘The most intense I ever heard it chanted was when Shearer scored early on against Germany in the semi-final. The crowd were saying it like a magic spell, like if we sing it fast enough and powerfully enough it will happen.
‘It’s never meant to mean ‘we own football’. It means coming home in the sense of something you hope will finally happen after a long journey.’