6 Worst England World Cup Football Songs
6 Worst England World Cup Songs
We are a long way down that Road to Rio with the 2014 World Cup kicking off this week in Brazil.
Let's look at some of the worst England songs to date, and see how the World Cup worked out for England in those years.
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6. Mike Bassett - England Manager feat. Atomic Kitten
It was the 'official' England World Cup song from the film 'Mike Bassett - England Manager', featuring Atomic Kitten and Keith Allen.
It's quite fitting for the 2014 World Cup, as they also sing about Brazil. It is incredibly bad, but in a good way:
We're Bassett's Allsorts Army
Marching onwards to Brazil,
We look cool in espadrilles!"
In the film England were knocked out against Brazil in the semi-finals. No complaints there - Mike Bassett for England manager?
5. Glen Hoddle & Chris Waddle - Diamond Lights
Performed by Hoddle & Waddle in 1987 when they were both in the England squad.
Hoddle didn't make it to the 1990 World Cup, and in the semi-finals Waddle missed the penalty that put West Germany through to the final, and England out of it. It may have brought them bad luck, but it was the last time England reached the semis.
This song made the Top 20 in UK, making Glenn's time in the spotlight way more successful than his managerial time at England during the 90s. The legendary headphone shot is absolutely priceless.
4. Gazza - Fog On The Tyne
Another one released for the 1990 World Cup when we reached the semi-finals. Truly awful. Gazza sings about sausage rolls.
Maybe we should start getting our England players to release songs again.
3. Ant & Dec - We're On The Ball
Sorry Ant & Dec. We love you, but you couldn't be further off the ball with this one. They have stuck to what they know best and made us laugh with this one.
This was the 2002 World Cup, when England got through the "group of death", qualifying with Sweden and knocking out Argentina and Nigeria. Hopefully we can do something similar this year. We ended up loosing to Brazil 2-1 in the quarter finals.
2. Dizzee Rascal & James Corden - Shout For England
One from a 'musical' background, the other from a comedic background - you would think this has potential...unfortunately not. This is one is just disappointing - at least the others are so shockingly bad that they make you laugh. This lacks everything.
This was the 2010 World Cup when England only just scraped through an easy group and then got hammered 4-1 by Germany in the next round.
They must have been Bonkers to think this might have caught on.
1. Kevin Keegan - Head Over Heels In Love
So this was at the time the current England captain's attempt at singing. Most footballers try and have a laugh when they release a song, accepting the fact that they won't be taken seriously, but not Keegan. He went for it.
This was in 1979 - some would say at the peak of his career. It soon deteriorated after this performance. In the 1982 World Cup Keegan missed an easy header which England needed to score to go through to the semi finals. He was not selected for the 1986 team.
Some may say his singing career was more successful than his managerial career, peaking at number 31 in the UK charts. The only number ones he had were in the 'worst hairstyle' surveys with his "poodle hair" claiming the top spot each time. Poor Kevin.
The Official 2014 World Cup Song
Released by Gary Barlow and Gary Linekar and featuring over 20 famous names including Michael Owen, you might be thinking that it could be a good one this year. Sorry to disappoint, but they have gone all serious again. What happened to the days of footballers covering songs for a laugh?
This song has now been dropped by the FA, which they were originally planning to release as a single.Based on what we have seen, here is our formula for England's future success:
Current Football Player + Awful Video + Chorus You Can Chant = Success
What are your favourite England songs?