England aren’t bothering to release an official song for the Euro 2016 tournament, Loaded can reveal.
FA bosses exclusively told us that there isn’t going to be an anthem that could potentially have rivalled The Lightning Seeds’ Three Lions, the Euro 96 song whose chorus introduced “Football’s coming home” to the nation.
Manic Street Preachers revealed on Tuesday that they’ve recorded a song, Stronger Together (Wales C’mon), with the Welsh squad to rally Wales at their first tournament since 1958.
But FA spokesman Andy Walker told Loaded: “There are no plans for an official England song at present.”
The news comes after Paddy Power told Loaded that Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds were the 4/1 favourites to record England’s official song. The bookmaker had offered odds of 7/1 that there would be no England song at all.
The FA announcement means that Embrace’s No 3 hit World At Your Feet, recorded for the 2006 World Cup, remains the most recent official England song.
Three Lions featured David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and was released for England’s European Championship tournament on home soil before the inevitable penalty defeat to Germany in the semi-finals.
That same semi-final fate had happened in 1990, the year the other recognised football classic World In Motion by New Order was released.
It used to be recognised in football circles that, the better the song, the more chance England had of doing well in the tournament.
However, after duff songs like Ant & Dec’s World Cup 2002 failure We’re On The Ball and The Spice Girls’ 1998 clunker (How Does It Feel) To Be On Top Of The World, it appears that the FA have lost confidence in the power of music to boost the nation’s chances at the tournament.
Contrast that with Wales, after Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen said that recording with the Manics made qualifying for the Euros in France “feel more real”.
Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn