England’s football team will be heading to Russia next month without the assistance of an official World Cup single.
While previous official efforts have included the legendary likes of ‘World In Motion’ by New Order featuring John Barnes, ‘Three Lions’ by Baddiel And Skinner with The Lightning Seeds, ‘(How Does it Feel to Be) on Top of the World?’ by Ian McCulloch and the Spice Girls, and ‘We’re On The Ball’ by Ant & Dec, this year’s World Cup will see the team playing without a sanctioned anthem.
The Football Association have revealed that they have not commissioned an official squad single, nor have they planned to endorse an unofficial song for the tournament.
“There is no official World Cup song planned,” said a spokesman from the FA.
The Daily Mirror reports that Chas And Dave allegedly discussed writing an official World Cup anthem, but a spokesman later revealed that there was “certainly no solid plan”.
The last time that England went to the World Cup without an officially sanctioned anthem was in 2010, however ‘Shout’ by James Corden and Dizzee Rascal reached No.1 in the singles chart in the team’s honour. Watch the music video above.
It is hoped that more English bands and artists will come forward in the month ahead with unofficial tracks.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 will be on from 14 June – 15 July.