England fans urged not to sing ‘It’s Coming Home’ at World Cup

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Former Manchester United and France defender Patrice Evra has urged England fans against singing the iconic Three Lions song ‘It’s Coming Home’ at the World Cup as he fears that the country has been “cursed” in the past. Gareth Southgate’s side began the tournament in stunning style, with a 6-2 win over Iran on Monday, and expectations have been raised ahead of what could be a successful tournament.

Fans sang the David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and Lightning Seeds’ song during the victory, but Evra has claimed that it is a bad idea to continue in a conversation with fellow United icon Rio Ferdinand.

“I think this group of players, they are happy to be together, they smile and you can just smell that. That’s why I think they can go until the end, they just have to please don’t sing that song ‘It’s Coming Home’,” Evra said on the Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel.

“I am begging you guys to not, I think you have been cursed about ‘It’s Coming Home’, when you sing ‘It’s Coming Home’, that’s it. You know Rio I’ll be honest, I support France, Senegal but England, I have been living nine years in England so I always have a great time, great moments I didn’t have any issues when I lived in England and I really want to support England and I really believe in the England team.

“They are good kids and Southgate, he gets some criticism but no one has done better than Southgate. I don’t understand how the media but you have to understand, when you play a World Cup you are going to have a million managers, everyone is going to want to pick 11 players and they are going to be different players.”

Evra also admitted that he expected England’s emphatic win over Iran amid his positivity for Southgate’s side, and singled out four players for praise. “I am not surprised about the start of England,” Evra added.

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“It’s the first time England start a competition where all the country didn’t believe in them [after poor Nations League results]. No pressure. It was a perfect reaction but when you look at the players England have got, I will mention a player and I didn’t have enough time to talk about [Jude] Bellingham.

“Come on, let’s be serious. When I see this player play for [Borussia] Dortmund, I wish he was playing for a club like United. What a player.

“We criticise [Raheem] Sterling a lot, what a player when he plays with England. The first game, I am not surprised about it. Like [Harry] Maguire, Maguire never let down England. Luke Shaw always performs with England.”

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