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​Gary Lineker Perfectly Sums Up 'Football's Coming Home' For Non-English Fans

​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.

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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'.

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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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:

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...

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Gary Lineker, uk news, Celebrity, Football, England, World Cup, UK

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]