No World Cup song for England squad in Russia

The England team will not have an official anthem as they begin their campaign to win the 2018 World Cup, the FA has confirmed.

Despite the previous efforts of Baddiel and Skinner, Gary Barlow and even James Corden and Dizzee Rascal, no new song was commissioned for this summer’s tournament in Russia.

There is also no plan to endorse an unofficial song.

An FA spokesman said: “There is no official World Cup song planned.”

Early rumours that Chas and Dave were going to do a song were met with a muted response from their manager and drummer Nik Hodges who said there was “no solid plan”.

Since the first anthem in 1966, sung by Lonnie Donegan for the mascot World Cup Willy, there have been several tournaments with official songs, though in some years the fans went without.

In 1998, The Spice Girls performed with Echo And The Bunnymen star Ian McCulloch on (How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of The World, but the track was eclipsed by Baddiel and Skinner who re-released their 1996 Euros song, Three Lions.

And the intended parody of chants, Vindaloo, also became more successful than the 1998 track.

In 2006, Embrace sang World At Your Feet, which went to number 3.

The 2010 Dizzee Rascal track, Shout, featuring James Corden, was not an official anthem, but they were given permission to use the England logos.

In 2014, Gary Barlow reworked his Take That hit Greatest Day for the squad, and recorded with a host of stars including Gary Lineker and Michael Owen. The single was never released.

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