David Baddiel admits he finally believes that football's coming home


"You deserve this moment - Football's Coming Home! W".

One of the finest offerings to date features Ross, Chandler and Joey from "Friends" who, thanks to an assist from Marcel the monkey, slowly come to realise that it is, in fact, coming home. And that is entirely thanks to "Three Lions".

The last time England reached the last four of a World Cup, their heroes in the win over Sweden - goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and goalscorers Harry Maguire and Dele Alli - weren't even born.

"Three Lions" was written, with a mordant irony only possible in Great Britain, to celebrate the arrival of the European Championship in 1996 to England, the idea being that football would be thereby returning to the place of the modern game's birth.

A first World Cup semi-final spot since 1990 is now within their sights, as they prepare to face Sweden in Samara, while a first global crown since 1966 is there to be shot at.

The song tapped into the Britpop phenomenon that was massive at the time, and is an anthem that both acknowledges the history of the England team and yearns for future success.

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2017 was definitely England's year.

Talk about spreading the England cheer on the other side of the pond!

Online streaming service Spotify reports that Three Lions was streamed almost half a million times on England's match against Colombia, and has gone through the roof following the team's Sweden win.

But yeah, fair play to Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds for their resurgence in the music charts.

"It's coming home / It's coming home / football's coming home", runs the chorus that has become the universal England fan refrain.

"I don't know what it is, but sometimes I get a feeling for certain things". That "could", so tentative and clouded by doubt, says it all.