English song ‘Football’s Coming Home’ could be ruled out at World Cup

It’s the song we hear on loop every time a major international tournament takes place.

Baddiel and Skinner’s iconic anthem, ‘Football’s Coming Home’ will undoubtedly be one of the best football songs of all time, but it looks like it’s about to be cut.

It is understood that there are growing concerns among FA officials that the catchy tune, made famous during the legendary Three Lions race at Euro 96, is offensive to other nations and could later be dismissed as the official anthem of the World Cup. from the country.

And unsurprisingly, these conversations about ditching him were not well received by supporters.

According to reports by The Sun, there are growing fears within the FA that other nations will find it “arrogant” to sing about England as the home of football.

“The FA has always countered the song’s negatives by emphasizing that it’s all about hope – but there’s a feeling it might be time for a change,” a source told the paper.

“We have a great squad and a great chance in Qatar so it might be better to look forward from now than back. “Gareth Southgate is not involved in the debate, but he may have decidedly mixed memories of 1996 after missing the penalty that knocked us out in the semi.

“Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline was a huge hit with fans singing their hearts out at Euro 2020 and should be a strong contender now.

“It has nothing to do with football, but it’s a great feel-good song – and it has absolutely no negativity attached to it.”

David Baddiel and Frank Skinner.  credit: alamy
David Baddiel and Frank Skinner. credit: alamy

Sure, Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ is a decent track, but it doesn’t hold the same relevance to English football fans as ‘Football’s Coming Home’, with the FA clearly failing to understand what the song actually means. .

It’s all about the ups and downs, roller coaster of emotions, absolute heartbreak and every now and then a little bit of joy that comes with being an England fan.

Singing about ‘being the home of football’ is actually the most ironic thing about it, right?

Either way, the decision won’t be announced until later this year, although those early rumors of the move have already unnerved the faithful of the Three Lions.

Paul Gascoigne said: “This song is in our DNA. He helped us in 1996 and he will help the Qatari boys.

“The FA has completely lost its way.

“You can’t take this song from us. Sweet Caroline doesn’t even come close.

“It would be like saying that we can no longer wave the flags of São Jorge.

“This agreed nonsense has no place in football. It’s just a great song.”

Piers Morgan also chimed in, adding: “This is a ridiculous idea.

“The song is about wallowing in 30 years of heartache and pain for not getting anything, as one might say is arrogant.

“We should stick with the Three Lions.”

Paul Gascoigne.  credit: alamy
Paul Gascoigne. credit: alamy

Even David Baddiel himself had a feeling the FA didn’t like it very much.

“Neil Diamond was created as something of a rival during the last Euro competition,” he said.

“There was one thing that my manager thinks was actually a conspiracy created by the FA – they really don’t like the Three Lions.

“I think it’s the notion – misunderstood by many people – that football coming home means England owns football and we are the motherland of football. Which is historically the case. We were the first to ratify the rules of the game.

“But somehow this is offensive to other federations – like the Croatian federation or whatever.”

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