Grime MC Stormzy appears to have put himself in the running to record England’s official song for the Euro 2016 football tournament, although One Direction‘s Louis Tomlinson stands as the bookies’ favourite.
The football tournament will take place in France this summer, with the Manic Street Preachers recently announcing that they have recorded the official anthem for Wales’ campaign.
Bookmakers Betfair recently posted odds of the artists most likely to record England’s Euro 2016 anthem, listing Louis Tomlinson as favourite at 9/2, with Tinie Tempah, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, Little Mix, Ed Sheeran and Olly Murs also cited as standing a chance.
Stormzy was initially given 18/1 odds, the same as former Liverpool footballer and New Order collaborator John Barnes as well as comedy duo Baddiel and Skinner.
However, Dream Team reports that Stormzy’s odds have now been slashed to 9/1, with a spokesperson saying that fans have been backing Stormzy with their money.
“Well known out-of-work pop star and notable football fan, Louis Tomlinson is the current 9/2 favourite to record England’s Euro 2016 song this year,” Betfair’s Colm Rock said.
“No stranger to pre-sporting event performances and after dropping a hint on Twitter, Betfair customers have been backing Stormzy from 18/1 to 9/1 to rally support for the England team this summer.”
— #MERKY (@stormzy) March 29, 2016
Manic Street Preachers have announced that they have recorded ‘Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)’, though the song has yet to be revealed.
“It’s with great pride we can announce the Manics are providing the official Wales Euro 2016 song – ‘Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)’,” the band tweeted.
All profits from ‘Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)’ will go to the Princes Gate Trust and Tenovus Cancer Care. The track will be available from May 20 and a video featuring the band and the Welsh side has already been filmed.
“It was fantastic to be involved with such an iconic Welsh band,” Wales manager Chris Coleman told the official Football Association of Wales website. “The Manic Street Preachers have been passionate Welsh football supporters and all the lads enjoyed the experience and joined in.”