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With no official song for England at this year’s World Cup, football fans have re-embraced 1996 classic, Three Lions.

The track by The Lightening Seeds & Baddiel and Skinner, which includes the iconic chant “It’s coming home” will return to the UK top-40 this weekend, confirms The Official Chart Company.

It comes as the England squad prepares to take on Sweden in the quarter final of the football tournament in Russia.

The Three Lions was originally released for the European Championships in 1996 when it topped the charts.

It returned to the top spot again in 1998 when it was released for the World Cup that year.

Bookmakers have predicted that the much-loved tune could even make it a hat-trick, slashing odds that it shoot up the charts once more to 11/10.

OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton said: “The nation is again getting behind England and this song is again the anthem football fans have adopted, so it would not be a huge shock to see it at number one.” 

They are also currently offering odds at 11/10 on Three Lions being number one this summer.

Meanwhile, online streaming service Spotify reports that Three Lions was streamed nearly half a million times on England’s last match day.

The nail-biting meeting saw England win out against Columbia during a penalty shootout.

It marked their first knockout victory in a World Cup for 12 years, and only their seventh in any major tournament since back in 1996.

Bookmakers William Hill currently have England as second favourites to win the World Cup at 7/2 behind Brazil who have odds of 11/4.

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