London (AFP) – Football anthem “Three Lions” is leading the race to top the Official Singles Chart this Friday as Gareth Southgate’s England prepare for their World Cup semi-final against Croatia.
Officialcharts.com said the song, performed by comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel and the Lightning Seeds, had shot up from 24 to number 1 at the halfway stage on Monday’s chart update.
It has accumulated 24,000 downloads and 2.6 million audio streams since Friday.
“Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home)” was originally written for Euro 96 — the last time England qualified for the semi-finals of a major tournament — and hit the number one spot twice.
A re-worked version with new new lyrics for the 1998 World Cup in France also spent three weeks at the summit.
The song is one of the UK’s best-selling singles of all time, with both versions combined having sold 1.6 million.
Pop star George Ezra, enjoying his second week at number one with “Shotgun”, has urged fans to get behind “Three Lions”.
He said he was delighted with his own song’s success.
“But I think it’s time we knock it off the number one spot with Three Lions,” he said. “We go out and we download and we stream ‘Three Lions’, and you know why? Because it’s coming home. Come on England!”
Gareth Southgate’s England play Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals in Moscow on Wednesday.
200+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
- Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
- Price: $69.99/mo. for Entertainment package
- Watch World Cup, Euro 2024 & MLS
- Includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 + local channels
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
- Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
- Price: $4.99/mo
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
- Lukaku completes return to Inter on loan from Chelsea
- German club wins inaugural European refugee cup
- Where to find Orlando City SC vs. Nashville SC on US TV
- Summer transfer market shakes up power dynamic among elite
- Where to find Vélez Sársfield vs. River Plate on US TV
- Lukaku ‘very happy’ as he arrives in Milan ahead of Inter return
- Iniesta’s Vissel fire manager after less than three months
- UEFA do not lack ambition for women’s Euro, says Kessler
- Are World Cup tickets available for Qatar 2022?
- Minamino leaves Liverpool for Ligue 1 club Monaco