Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have been installed as the bookies’ early favourites to record the official song for England’s Euro 2016 campaign.
Manic Street Preachers were revealed today as the band behind Wales’ first official football anthem. The trio filmed the video for their song Stronger Together (C’mon Wales) earlier this week.
Now, Paddy Power have told Loaded that they make Gallagher the 7/2 favourite to follow suit with what would be his first proper football song.
Although Gallagher has yet to record an official football song, Wonderwall was regularly sung at his beloved Manchester City during Alan Ball’s time as manager from 1995-96.
Kasabian are second favourites at 4/1. With their team Leicester set to win the Premier League, any song penned by the band right now will certainly sound confident.
Coldplay are 5/1 – although Chris Martin hasn’t been seen there much lately, he is an Exeter fan, while drummer Will Champion is a hardcore Southampton supporter.
The Stone Roses are 6/1 contenders, meaning bookies think their first new song for 22 years could actually be to gee up Roy Hodgson’s team in France.
England haven’t actually had an official song for a decade, with Embrace’s No 3 hit World At Your Feet the last anthem at the 2006 World Cup when England got beaten by Portugal on penalties in the quarter-final.
Since then, Dizzee Rascal and James Corden’s unforgivable mash-up of Blackstreet’s No Diggity and Tears For Fears’ Shout was as close as the nation has had. The brainchild of football know-nowt Simon Cowell, Shout For England reached No 1 during World Cup 2010. England deserved to be beaten 4-1 by Germany in the second round for inflicting such a career low by Dizzee on everyone.
The FA have yet to announce whether or not there will be an England song, and Paddy Power are offering surprisingly generous odds of 7/1 that there won’t be an anthem for the Euros at all.
We can only hope that someone will create another song worthy of New Order’s World In Motion or The Lightning Seeds/Skinner & Baddiel’s Three Lions. You can lay strong odds it won’t be Sam Smith.
Paddy Power’s exclusive Loaded odds for the artist behind England’s official Euro 2016 song:
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (7/2)
The Stone Roses (6/1)
No song (7/1)
Arctic Monkeys (8/1)
Baddiel And Skinner; Richard Ashcroft (10/1)
Damon Albarn; Fatboy Slim (14/1)
Robbie Williams (16/1)
David Gray (20/1)
James Corden; Chris Kamara; Ant & Dec (33/1)
Texas; John Barnes; Elton John (50/1)
Russell Brand (66/1)
Snoop Dogg (80/1)
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