England band out of tune with fans, says David Baddiel

GETTYThe duo said it was'just about still coming home

GETTYThe duo said it was'just about still coming home

What's extraordinary, although perhaps unsurprising, is that the song continues to chart - once every four years like clockwork, as England's football-winning ambitions remain as intimately tied to the single as the yuletide holidays do to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas".

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Three Lions was originally released in 1996 to coincide with the European Championship held in England, in which the team also reached the semi-final stage.

Before the England team left for Russian Federation, the Duke of Cambridge spent time with the squad and wished them well.

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England beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara on Saturday and are through to the first semi since 1990 where they will face either Croatia or Russian Federation. At the time of the song's release, it referred to the 1996 Euros coming to England for the country's first hosting gig since 1966, so the sport was coming "home".

Please don't, please don't take me home! 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. You know how it is'.

"I would class him as a friend as he's been a positive influence on my career".

I know that was then.

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The idea that the girl group's saccharine hit record would be revived as a paean to the England manager would have seemed improbable before the tournament kicked off, but World Cup fever can have rather odd symptoms.

"I think a lot of teams have gone there, been afraid of the real quality teams and shown them a lot of respect".

So many jokes, so many sneers But all those "Oh, so near " s Wear you down through the years But I still see.

"We saw Colombia, once they went a goal down they came out and actually thought 'hang on, we can do something'".

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