Three Lions on a SLEIGH as Baddiel and Skinner re-work classic football song for Christmas World Cup in Qatar

Frank Skinner and David Baddiel in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match at Wembley Stadium, London.
Frank Skinner and David Baddiel in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match at Wembley Stadium, London.

Three Lions was first released by Skinner, Baddiel and Lightning Seeds frontman Ian Broudie in 1996

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Comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel are to release a new, festive reworking of their classic 1996 football anthem Three Lions, ahead of the 2022 men’s World Cup.

The pair said that although their famous refrain “football’s coming home” had become obsolete following victory for the England women’s team earlier this year, they would give it “one more go for the blokes”.

Ian Broudie, of the Lightning Seeds, (left to right), comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel in 1998
Ian Broudie, of the Lightning Seeds, (left to right), comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel in 1998

The men’s tournament, taking place in Qatar, is due to run from November 20 until December 18.

The pair discussed the release of the track, which is accompanied by a festive video, on The One Show on Thursday.

“We could not resist the fact that the World Cup was at Christmas, and people have said in the past that football songs are a little bit tacky, and obviously Christmas songs are a bit tacky,” Skinner said.

“In maths two negatives make a positive, so we think there’s so much tacky in this that it’s going to be a classic.”

The England squad pose ahead of the World Cup in Qatar
The England squad pose ahead of the World Cup in Qatar

Baddiel added: “The Lionesses brought it home, football came home and some would say that’s the end of the song, stop singing it.

“But we decided to give it one more go on the basis that the blokes have not brought it home.”

A preview clip was shown, with Skinner and Baddiel dressed in Christmas jumpers, superimposed next to their younger selves and decorating a tree with Lioness baubles, while singing.

“The blokes seem cursed whatever they try and I think I know why, they’re just jinxed in July,” they sing.

“But it’s December… three lions on a sleigh. With she-lions inspiration, Santa says, ‘Let’s play’.”

Speaking about the performance of the Lioness’ who stormed to victory over Germany in July, Skinner said: “The fact is, the best I’ve ever seen an England team play was this summer and it was the Lionesses.

“It wasn’t like ‘oh yes we’ve got to support the women’s game’, no this was brilliant football.”

Three Lions was first released by Skinner, Baddiel and Lightning Seeds frontman Ian Broudie in 1996, becoming a staple song at every major international football competition since.

England’s first game in the 2022 World Cup is due to take place on Monday against Iran.