No Official England Song For The World Cup
Excitement is building with the 2018 World Cup in Russia now just a matter of weeks away. Plenty has happened both on and off the field since the last event, four years ago in Brazil when Germany became world champions for the fourth time, but one thing is for sure, the World Cup remains the greatest footballing event on the planet.
Over the years one of the highlights of England’s exploits at major tournaments have been the songs that accompany them.
Let’s face it, England have often been less than impressive on the pitch, so at least there have been some catchy anthems to enjoy, giving something for fans to sing about.
However, despite releasing some classics over the years, the FA has recently confirmed that this year, no official song has been commissioned for the tournament in Russia. American singer Jason Derulo will be performing the main song of the tournament itself, but no anthem will be aligned with Gareth Southgate’s men as they try to win the competition.
Previous England Anthems
Here at Champions Football Speakers we have outlined some of the best England football team songs that have been released over the years.
World in Motion
Sung by: New Order, John Barnes
Team captained by: Byran Robson, Peter Shilton, Terry Butcher
At Italia 90, England perhaps had their best team since the success of 1966, with the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker and Terry Butcher all in top form. Tricky Liverpool winger John Barnes also made the squad and took centre stage in that year’s World Cup song alongside rock band New Order. His rap was a huge success and remains popular to this day, with John becoming just as well known for that as his achievements as a footballer.
The song charted at number one but unfortunately, England again missed out when it mattered in the tournament crashing out on penalties to West Germany.
Sung by: Baddiel & Skinner, The Lightning Seeds
Team captained by: David Beckham
This song was initially released as an un-official track by comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel, but quickly became the anthem of Euro 96 as England once again were knocked out on penalties by Germany. During the semi-final against the Germans the entire Wembley Stadium sang the lyrics and the song was so popular that it was selected again as the song of choice for the 1998 World Cup two years later.
We’re On the Ball
Sung by: Ant & Dec
Team captained by: David Beckham
The 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan is best remembered for Brazil’s Ronaldinho lobbing England keeper David Seamen in the quarter-finals, but the song 16 years ago was brought to us by Geordie presenting duo Ant and Dec. The song included the names of players such as Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard and Scholes but the so called ‘golden generation’ failed to deliver.
Sport Relief’s Greatest Day
Sung by: Take That, Various Artists
Team captained by: Steven Gerrard
In collaboration with Sport Relief, Take That re-released their hit single Greatest Day, with the likes of Gary Lineker, Michael Owen and Glenn Hoddle offering their vocals to the track. The song was released alongside an accompanying video on YouTube but once again (there is a pattern developing here) England crashed out, this time in the group stages following defeats to Italy and Uruguay.
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