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England at Euro 2020: ‘It’s coming home’ explained

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England are into the Euro 2020 final – the first European Championship final in the men’s team’s history.

It’s a momentous occasion, and fans have been celebrating the semi-final win over Denmark in the way they’ve celebrated many of England‘s victories in recent memory: by declaring “It’s coming home”.

While it’s obvious to most hardcore England fans, the origins of the popular phrase aren’t as well known to the more casual football observer, or those only becoming interested more recently.

We thought we’d spell it out in advance of the Euros final on Sunday so everyone can get involved and help the team bring it home!

‘Football’s coming home’ origins explained

“It’s coming home” and “Football’s coming home” are lyrics from the song Three Lions by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner, and the Lightning Seeds. They refer to the popular belief in England that Britain is the home of football. (In truth, we did not invent the game, but we were the first country to professionalise it and organise it under a football association.)

The song, which was first released in 1996 for that European Championship, was the first song in British history to have reached number one in the charts on four separate occasions. It is huge – and it’s a great song, regardless of the football connections.

It successfully captures the bittersweet emotional rollercoaster that is following England, and brings hope even in the face of despair. It’s what football is all about.

The chorus contains the refrain: “It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming, football’s coming home.”

The song has also been covered and re-released on a number of occasions, most notably in 1998.

So there you have it! Now you can join in with the celebrations and the emotions – including that despair we mentioned. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

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