Baddiel and Skinner’s Three Lions tops iTunes chart after England win

Heather Diaz
July 7, 2018

England had lost on penalties in 1990, 1998 and 2006 at previous World Cups, going out to Germany, Argentina and Portugal.

"It's coming home / It's coming home / football's coming home", runs the chorus that has become the universal England fan refrain. The iconic line in the song "It's Coming Home" is taking over the country. ("It", in this case, meaning the FIFA World Cup trophy - though in what sense that trophy would be returning home isn't precisely clear.) "It's coming home" has emerged as the prevailing watchword and catchphrase of the World Cup '18 among the English. England midfielder Jesse Lingard tweeted, "No mum, I'm not coming home".

With no official song for England at this year's World Cup, football fans have re-embraced 1996 classic, Three Lions.

In Formula One, qualifying for the British Grand Prix is set to take place at 2pm on Saturday, and Silverstone has announced that it will be screening the England game in five different areas at the racetrack. "Football" is booked from Moscow to Home, the hope being that England will bring the cup home.

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One of the finest offerings to date features Ross, Chandler and Joey from "Friends" who, thanks to an assist from Marcel the monkey, slowly come to realise that it is, in fact, coming home. England didn't even enter the first three tournaments. Because it's coming home.

One for the purists, here's Del Boy from "Only Fools And Horses", ringing Gareth Southgate during a press conference to confirm that football is indeed on its way home.

Three Lions was originally written for Euro "96 and spent two weeks at Number 1".

Since it topped the charts 22 years ago, it has become the soundtrack for England fans at a string of global tournaments, particularly this year's World Cup.

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