Manic Street Preachers have unveiled the song they hope will inspire Wales to victory at Euro 2016 and revealed the surprising influences behind the track.
Gareth Bale and Co. head to France as rank outsiders for European Championship glory but will have been buoyed by one experiment that saw Wales come out as winners in a Pro Evolution Soccer simulation of the tournament.
With the English Football Association opting against an official song for Euro 2016, Chris Coleman’s side have another distinct advantage with the Manics on board as their official songsters.
Directed by Kieran Evans, the video for the song “Together Strong (C’mon Wales)” featuring a variety of clips from Wales’ successful Euro 2016 qualification campaign as well as a few highlights and lowlights from the national team’s recent history.
Bale and the rest of Coleman’s squad also make an appearance, with the song even going as far as referencing defender Ashley Williams in the lyrics.
The Swansea man isn’t the only one to get a mention either with Ryan Giggs, Joe Jordan and Paul Bodin all namechecked.
But what may irk some die-hard Welsh supporters, however, are the songs the Manics have referenced as the key inspiration behind their brand new belter.
“You always wonder if you can actually pull off a football song, because let’s face it there have been so many bad ones out there,” James Dean Bradfield told Wales Online.
“We’ve got to admit that the benchmarks are Three Lions and World In Motion – they are two great football songs.”
Three Lions and World In Motion – two songs written by the Lightning Seeds (plus David Baddiel and Frank Skinner) and New Order, respectively, to inspire the England team to victory.
Wales will be hoping this one doesn’t have a similar effect – a semi-final appearance would suit the Three Lions nicely in France.
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