Graeme Souness has a strong opinion of England fans singing ‘Football’s Coming Home’

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England's World Cup journey limped to the finish line yesterday with their 2-0 defeat against Belgium.

It was the second time the Three Lions came up short against the Belgians in Russia, also losing 1-0 against them in the group stage.

Clearly, the gut-wrenching extra-time defeat to Croatia on Wednesday just took too much out of the players, having been less than half an hour away from a second-ever World Cup final.

With Kieran Trippier's excellent free-kick giving them the lead inside five minutes, Gareth Southgate's team failed to put the game to bed and paid the ultimate price.

Lapse defending let Ivan Perisic steer in an equaliser, before Mario Mandzukic scored the winner with 10 minutes left of the additional period.

The team's performances up to then united the country like never before though, and football fans across England have fallen back in love with the national team.

It's just a shame that football hasn't come home, despite the song suggesting otherwise.

However, not everyone responded well to the resurgence of the Lightning Seeds, Baddiel and Skinner's timeless classic.


Luka Modric claimed the England fans and media were arrogant and showed Croatia no respect, and now Graeme Souness has stuck his boot in too.

In typical dour style, he believes that the song should actually be banned from being played during major tournaments.

In his opinion, it gives the impression that England actually own the sport, and that it helps to motivate the opposition.

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"If I was Gareth Southgate, sitting down to write his Russia 2018 report for the Football Association, then top of my notepad would be the following: never allow that song, Football's Coming Home, to be played again during a major tournament", he started.

"Football's coming home, is it? So, England effectively own the sport. I don't think so.

"They didn't have a monopoly on it when their teams and the FA were big players in the global power game back in the last century, and they don't now.


''You can say: it's just a song, only a bit of fun. But if I'm an opposition player, it would irritate
the life out of me. That's my motivation there and then, and that's how Croatia said they had channelled the song.

"These are not the words of a bitter and twisted Scotsman. I have spent most of my working life in England and want to see the national team do well.

"There has been a feelgood factor between the players, fans and media which I haven't seen around an England team, and that's been great to witness. But I am also a professional footballer who's been around the block a bit."

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Clearly, it's only the English fans and media who can see that the song is merely a joke.

The anthem has been sung loudly and proudly throughout the nation, and you can certainly expect that to happen again at the European Championships in 2020.

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