9 Days To Go - World Cup 2018

We’re into SINGLE FIGURES now guys! How did that come to be? 

9 sleeps until the big kick-off – ahhh, it’s music to one’s ears. 

Speaking of which, did you know, there have been nine official World Cup songs made in support of the England National side pre-tournament.

You’d think the birthplace of The Beatles, Oasis, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Queen et al, some of the finest talent to derive from such shores, would be a cert to muster up something of good taste.

Well, I'll let you be the judge of that, I’m off to dig out my earmuffs.

From Gary Barlow and the Spice Girls, to Dizzee Rascal and Ant & Dec, here they are in all their 'glory'...

Mexico 1970 – “Back Home”

Performed by – England Squad

Chart – no. 1

England at WC - Quarter finals

Spain 1982 – “This time, (we’ll get it right)”

Performed by – England squad

Chart – no. 2

England at WC – Second Group Stage

Mexico 1986 – “We’ve got the whole world at our feet”

Performed by – England squad

Chart – no. 66

England at WC - Quarter finals

Italia 1990 – “World in Motion”

Performed by – England squad and New Order

Chart – no. 1

England at WC - Semi finals

France 1998 – “(How does it feel to be) on top of the world?”

Performed by – England United (Echo and the Bunnymen, Spice Girls, Simon Fowler)

Chart – no. 9

England at WC – Round of 16

Japan/South Korea 2002 – “We’re on the Ball”

Performed by – Ant & Dec

Chart – no. 3

England at WC – Quarter finals

Germany 2006 – “World at Your Feet”

Performed by – Embrace

Chart – no. 3

England at WC – Quarter finals

South Africa 2010 – “Shout (Shout for England song)”

Performed by – Dizzee Rascal (ft. James Corden)

Chart – no. 1

England at WC – Round of 16

* officially unofficial but endorsed by the FA bigwigs

Brazil 2014 – “(Sport Relief’s) Greatest Day”

Performed by – Gary Barlow, Eliza Doolittle, Katy B, Mel C, Emma Bunton, Gary Lineker, Michael Owen, Glenn Hoddle, Sir Geoff Hurst

Chart - presented as the official song but never commissioned by the FA, hence no chart number.

England at WC - Group Stage

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