For those of you not familiar with this whole ‘it’s coming home’ thing, it basically started in 1996 when England hosted the European Championships.
Ian Broudie of Liverpool band the Lightning Seeds teamed up with comedians Dave Baddiel and Frank Skinner and created Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) to celebrate the fact that England was hosting its first major tournament since 1966, when they hoisted the Jules Rimet trophy.
That song went to #1 on the charts, so the three partnered again for a remake – Three Lions ’98 – and now, 20 years later, find their song and its catchphrase is sweeping the nation once again.
Is it the greatest England football song ever?
Given the current mood, most would probably say yes, although two others might give it a run for its money.
New Order’s 1990 World In Motion is a classic electro-pop song that was co-written by another comedian (Keith Allen) and featured England great John Barnes rapping.
And that man Keith Allen struck gold again in 1998 when he joined forces with Blur bassist Alex James and artist Damien Hirst to form a band called Fat Les with the song Vindaloo.
The chanting, terrace-inspired track (sample lyric: ‘Vindaloo, Vindaloo, and we all like Vindaloo’) was incredibly catchy and became the unofficial anthem of France ’98.
Should England beat Croatia and make their first World Cup final since 1966, prepare yourself for a non-stop aural assault of phrases, chants and songs all focussed on those three words: “It’s Coming Home.”