The World Cup may be over, but football-mania has spread across the nation over the last six weeks as a result of England’s performance over the tournament.
The Three Lions surpassed all expectations to finish fourth in this summer’s football showpiece spectacular. After all, fans would be forgiven for thinking that this wouldn’t be their year after England’s performance in France two years ago when they lost to Iceland. Put simply, prior to this tournament, England have been so poor that if they were your mate, you’d have stopped picking up the phone years ago for being a constant let down.
A let down no more, as fans are now answering England’s (and Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat’s) calls, after their fourth-place finish saw more people chuck beer in the air than consume it over the course of the tournament.
The World Cup dominated the media to such an extent that many forgot that Wimbledon was even on. Though, that’s possibly more down to Andy Murray not playing and the mass-public not being inspired by two people hitting a ball back and forth.
One thing that came with England’s success in this tournament was the resurrection of some of our classic songs, as well as some newbies. ‘Vindaloo’ was sung in pubs across the land, while aspiring rappers tried to get a grip of John Barnes’ part in ‘World’s in Motion’, as well as a rendition of Atomic Kitten’s ‘Whole Again’, only with the lyrics changed to celebrate Southgate.
However, nothing was more popular than The Lightning Seeds, Baddiel and Skinner’s ‘Three Lions’ from 1996, alternatively known as ‘It’s Coming Home’. The song was originally released to commemorate England host the 1996 European Championships and, after years of disappointment (more than the original release stated), it’s now a rallying cry ahead of major football tournaments. It usually lasts for about a week, until England’s elimination from a tournament is sealed, but this year it felt like an eternity.
In fact, it was hard to even get away from it as it swept across the country. Here’s a selection of the best memes and videos depicting how ingrained it became.
— Chris Gillen (@chris_gillen) July 5, 2018
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) July 5, 2018
What if I told you it’s coming home? pic.twitter.com/sUjxFLkGJo
— Puppy (@puppyvybes) July 3, 2018
— that guy ellis (@that_guy_ellis) July 3, 2018
Well this has just won it all. The end. pic.twitter.com/bW4Xbit8bl
— Gazza (@GazzaArsenal) July 10, 2018
The Story of ‘It’ really is quite Epic, but it’s time for ‘It’ to come home. #ItsComingHome #englandVcroatia #WorldCup #Russia2018 @allontheboard #ThreeLions @England @FIFAWorldCup #ENGCRO #ItsComingHome #England #Football #ENG #wednesdaywisdom #WorldCupRussia2018 #allontheboard pic.twitter.com/gzGkbSMosu
— All on the board (@allontheboard) July 11, 2018
— Jermaine Jenas (@jjenas8) July 4, 2018
— Patrick Alexander 🍊 (@i_padawan) July 5, 2018