Inside Baddiel & Skinner’s "awkward" meeting with England squad over Three Lions
It was the anthem of Euro 96 and on everyone's lips at the 2018 World Cup too, but the England squad and FA were not initially keen on Three Lions.
With the catchy 'It's coming home' chant played through the song, it's no wonder thousands of fans were singing it at Wembley 25 years ago.
The song, which saw comedy duo David Baddiel and Frank Skinner team up with the Lightning Seeds, has gone on to become one of the most iconic football tunes of all time.
And while the squad, including the likes of Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler, and Teddy Sheringham, all feature in the official video, the song initially didn't go down too well with the Three Lions stars.
“We had to go the England camp, and play them the song,” Baddiel previously told FourFourTwo. “That was depressing. They were so not interested.”
While Lightning Seeds frontman Ian Broudie added: “That was bad. The first bit of the song is basically about how crap we always are and we probably won’t win and we’re playing it to the team. Awkward.
"The FA were the same. They expected, ‘England are fab, we’re going to win,” instead they get, ‘England’s gonna throw it away!”
The FA soon came round and, 25 years on, fans are still loving the song.
Indeed, in 2018, Three Lions became the first song in UK history to have four spells at No 1 with the same line-up.
Though Stuart Pearce, who achieved redemption at Euro 96, admitted the squad weren't immediately impressed.
Pearce said: "It didn’t exactly grab the players at first.
"We all looked at each other, especially those of us who were a little more choosy about our music.
"I don’t think we told them we didn’t like it. We just kind of mumbled to each other."
It's perhaps understandable the squad weren't so keen, given the 'England's gonna throw it away' lyrics.
The song hardly inspires confidence, yet Baddiel believes it's the hope that has made the song continuously popular.
He added to the Daily Mail: "The lyrics say: we almost never win. Generally we disappoint and yet we somehow think, against all experience, that we might do something.
"Little moments — like David Platt scoring in extra time against Belgium in Italia 90 — can break through that despair, and lead you to hope. The song takes you on that journey which is a real one for England fans."
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And while we may see Three Lions rocket up the charts again this summer, with Euro 2020 getting underway on Friday, don't expect a remake anytime soon.
Speaking before the 2018 World Cup, Skinner told The Sun : “I think we have to be prevented by law from doing another football song.
“People are still talking about Three Lions and we haven’t been forgotten.”
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