George Ezra has been sitting at No. 1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart for the past two weeks with his song “Shotgun,” but now he’s asking fans to knock him f. Instead, he wants the 1996 song “Three Lions” to take the top spot in honor England's soccer team making it to the World Cup semifinals.
“I think it’s time we knock it f the No. 1 spot with ‘Three Lions,’” Ezra said in a Twitter video Monday (July 9). “We go out, we download, we stream ‘Three Lions’ and we get it to No. 1. And you know why? It’s ‘cause it’s coming home.”
“It’s coming home” refers to the chorus “Three Lions,” which was released in 1996 by Britpop band The Lightning Seeds and comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner. The single became the anthem for the 1996 European Championship, specifically dedicated to England’s national soccer team. The song title is in reference to the England team crest, which includes three lions — also the emblem King Richard I.
Whenever England plays well — their next match is vs. Croatia on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET — “Three Lions” seems to be “coming home” to the charts. The song re-entered the Official U.K. Top 40 Singles Chart at No. 24 this week.
The ficial music video for “Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home)” shows England’s team playing over the years.