Frank Skinner and David Baddiel have released a reworked festive version of their 1996 soccer anthem Three Lions, ahead of the 2022 Men’s World Cup that begins on Sunday.
Speaking about the song’s release, the pair said that although their famous refrain “football comes home” had become redundant after the England women’s team’s victory earlier this year, they would give it “one more chance”.
“We couldn’t resist the fact that the World Cup was at Christmas, and people have said in the past that football songs are a bit tacky, and obviously Christmas songs are a bit tacky,” Skinner told One Show. Thursday.
“In math, two negatives make a positive, so we think there’s so much bad taste in this that it’s going to be a classic.”
Baddiel added: “Las Leonas brought it home, football came home and some would say that’s the end of the song, stop singing it. But we decided to try one more time on the basis that the guys haven’t brought it home.”
The men’s tournament, which will take place in Qatar, will take place from November 20 to December 18.
The music video features Skinner and Baddiel dressed in Christmas jumpers layered alongside their younger selves, and decorating a tree with Lioness decorations as they sing.
Part of the new lyric is: “The guys seem to be cursed no matter what they try and I think I know why, they’re just haunted in July.
“But it’s December… three lions in a sleigh. Inspired by the lionesses, Santa says, ‘Let’s play.’
Speaking about the performance of the Lionesses, who won the Euros after defeating Germany in July, Skinner said: “The fact is that the best I’ve ever seen an England team play was this summer and it was the Lionesses.
“It wasn’t like: ‘Oh yeah, we have to support women’s football’ – no, this was brilliant football.”
Three Lions was first released by Skinner, Baddiel and Ian Broudie in 1996, and has since become a popular British song in major international football competitions.
England’s first game in the 2022 World Cup will take place on Monday against Iran.