It’s that time of the year again where the famous England chant pops up, and everyone is buzzing around the corner. The English Football National Team fans are excited and thrilled because their team is doing exceptionally well in the ongoing Euros tournament. At least once, we are pretty sure you would have heard a fan singing the “It’s Coming Home” chant. But how did this chant start, and how was it adopted and adhered to by the football fans?
English fans are considered either the most passionate or the most annoying fans in the football world. England yesterday beat the fan favourite Denmark in extra-time courtesy of a penalty rebound scored by captain and leader Harry Kane. The match was taking place at Wembley, which meant the game was of extra significance. The fifty thousand fans were buzzing with excitement and chanting their famous lines. The original song is called The Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home), and it was written by iconic British comedy duo David Baddiel and Frank Skinner. It was released in the build-up to the Euro Championships scheduled to be held in England in 1996. This song was released to fire up the passion within the fans and reignite the belief that the team can bring a significant trophy home, three decades after their first. This song was very catchy, and it was adopted very quickly by the team and the fans. It has been the number one song on the music charts four separate times since its release, and this speaks volumes about the craziness of the sport and the song. Since England is considered the birthplace of this beautiful and iconic game and England themselves have won only one major international trophy that was the World Cup in 1966 that was held in England itself. In 1996, it wasn’t meant to be when the current England manager Gareth Southgate missed the decisive penalty in sudden death, and Germany went on to win the semis and qualify for the final. Since then, whenever England is performing well in any International tournament, this song catches on and can be heard everywhere.
Sunday. 👀 pic.twitter.com/pIqKQNuKhZ
— England (@England) July 8, 2021
Lastly, England is in the final of a major international tournament for the first time since 1966, where they went on to win the World Cup. This is the first time England has reached the European Championships finals in the competition’s history. Standing in their way are in-form Italy, and they would be hoping to ruin the party for the hosts at their stadium. So the question that needs to be asked is, Is it coming home?