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FA has no plans to replace ´Three Lions´ as England´s World Cup anthem

SoccerNews in World Cup 5 May 2022

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The Football Association has denied reports that it plans to replace ‘Three Lions’ as England’s official World Cup anthem for Qatar 2022.

British newspaper The Sun claimed on Thursday that the FA is reviewing other options over concerns the song, which has been a fans’ favourite since Euro 96, offends other nations.

Luka Modric said after Croatia’s win over England in the 2018 World Cup semi-final that his side were additionally motivated to win due to the song’s lyrics.

It had been suggested that ‘Sweet Caroline’, which became synonymous with England’s run to last year’s Euro 2020 final, would replace the Baddiel and Skinner hit.

However, the FA has released a statement denying that is the case.

“Contrary to reports this morning, The FA still plays Three Lions at major Wembley matches and has never had any intention of doing otherwise,” the statement read.

“The song belongs to the fans and is about the hope of following the England team. 

“It was requested by The FA to be played as one of our team songs at the 2018 World Cup and at the EUROs last summer, and this is our plan at tournaments going forwards.”

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