Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

It's coming home: Three Lions eyes Top 40 return in bumper week

It's coming home: Three Lions eyes Top 40 return in bumper week

One of the biggest selling United Kingdom singles ever, it was originally released in 1996, when England hosted the European Championships, and soundtracked an ecstatic summer that ended all too soon in semi-final defeat against Germany.

With the semi-finals of the World Cup 2018 fast approaching, it's safe to say that England has never been so united.

The song by Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightening Seeds, racked up an incredible 1m on Saturday alone (7 July) - the day England mashed the Swedes.

As the World Cup moves into its final week, the web has been awash with "It's Coming Home" memes.

It comes as a viral video from another wedding saw the groom's speech thanking "Gareth Southgate and the England football team". The iconic line in the song "It's Coming Home" is taking over the country.

Dubbing "Three Lions" over absolutely every movie ever made has proved to be a popular theme.

Prince William is the president of the Football Association and has been keenly following the World Cup.

What does "It's coming home" mean?

This time, England are going The Full Monty...

"You wanted to make history, England, and you are doing just that".

George Ezra is now sitting pretty at the top of the UK Singles Chart with his tune "Shotgun", but he doesn't want to stay there. Before England's game against Belgium last week I heard it played, sung and screamed three dozen times; in the hours afterward, I heard it performed at karaoke.

The ironic thing is that "Three Lions" is not a song about winning football, but about losing it - losing it in crushing, brutal, humiliating agony, in ways both unbearable and expected by anyone who admires this team.

It's looking like England will go into tomorrow's quarter final against Sweden with the anthem back in the Top 40.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.

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