Gary Lineker Perfectly Sums Up 'Football's Coming Home' For Non-English Fans
Over the past few weeks, many of us have been slightly distracted by all this World Cup lark. And by that, of course, we don't really mean actually watching the matches, but bursting into a spontaneous, often beer-fuelled rendition of 'Three Lions' every few minutes.
But it seems like not everyone in the world is particularly clear on what we've been banging on about with all this singing - with some people even deeming it 'disrespectful'.
Read interviews/spoke with Croat players. They saw #ComingHome signing as disrespectful mostly because it CONFIRMED what they thought of the English. U might say it was all a joke (it felt less of one after #COL), I'm telling you how it was perceived. Maybe something to consider
- Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) July 14, 2018
Now good ol' Gary Lineker has stepped up to Twitter to defend the song, putting into words just what it is about the catchy tune that resonates so much with England fans.
Claiming that it's merely a 'fun song' rather than a display of arrogance, he wrote:
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Dear non English football fans.
Football's coming home is a fun song highlighting the lack of success of our football team for decades. No one really thought we'd win it. I totally get why you might think it was arrogance, but it's more our self deprecatory sense of humour. :thumbsup:
- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 14, 2018
The tweet has since racked up over 20,000 retweets and 100,000 likes, along with thousands of comments from people continuing the debate.
The best response to Gaz's spiel? Definitely this one:
Gary, they're going to be even more confused today when they hear England fans singing: "Southgate, you're the one, you still turn me on..."
- Henry Winter (@henrywinter) July 14, 2018
The Lightning Seeds' enduring football anthem, which features the voices of 90s comedy double act David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, was first released back in 1996, when the title referenced England hosting that year's European Championships - hence why football was 'coming home'.
Two years later, it was re-recorded with slightly different lyrics as '3 Lions 98' - but obviously it also resurfaces pretty much every time there's a footy tournament in which England are involved, including this year's World Cup.
So while England didn't win - and football did not, in fact, come home - at least we've all had a nice old sing-song, eh? Even if some of you don't actually know the words...
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