English FA dismissed reports that the song ‘Three Lions‘ would be off the charts at the next Qatar 2022 world Cupclaiming they “never intended” to stop playing the song before major England international matches.
Originally released ahead of Euro 96, the anthem became a fan favorite and has been a regular soundtrack to national team fixtures ever since.
Nations have generally been able to request songs played for the team at major tournaments and ‘Three Lions’ has been England’s choice of late, with an FA spokesperson confirming that will not change. no later this year – despite some outlets saying it would be dropped for fear of being offensive or perceived as arrogant by other countries.
“Contrary to this morning’s reports, the FA are still playing the Three Lions in major matches at Wembley and never intended to do otherwise,” a statement read.
“The song belongs to the fans and is about the hope of following the England team.
“It was requested by the FA to be played as one of our team songs at the 2018 World Cup and the Euros last summer, and it is our plan for future tournaments.”
While Baddiel and Skinner’s classic remains a regular, a Gareth Southgate-inspired version of Atomic Kittens’ “You’re the One” was heard often during the Russia 2018 final, and last summer’s “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond regularly played on the terraces and in the streets.
Last year, co-creator David Baddiel mentioned“I think it’s the notion – misinterpreted by a lot of people – that [the lyrics from the Three Lions song] the return of football means that England owns football and we are the home of football. Which is historically the case. We were the first to ratify the rules of the game. But somehow it’s offensive to other FAs – like the Croatian FA or whatever.
England are in Group B of the World Cup which starts in November and they will face Iran, the United States and an as-yet-unknown fourth European nation in their first matches.
FA dismiss reports that English song ‘Three Lions’ will be dropped at World Cup in Qatar
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