David Baddiel has said England’s Euro 2020 win over Germany felt like the conclusion of a ‘huge narrative arc’ for his anthem Three Lions, adding the tune was about ‘loss’ but ‘hope over experience’ as well as a bit of ‘magical thinking’.
We like his take.
The comedian recorded the iconic track Three Lions with Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds for the Euro 1996 tournament, where England was knocked out in the semi-finals by Germany.
In a proper ‘what goes around, comes around’ moment, the tune was sung by fans at Wembley as Gareth Southgate’s team secured victory over their old rivals with second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane on Tuesday evening.
To Baddiel, Sterling’s second-half goal had left him – and the rest of the country, we can only imagine – ‘blind with joy’.
Writing in the Evening Standard, Baddiel explained how he and Skinner had wanted to write a song about the passion of fans and England’s tendency to lose important games.
Baddiel said the win may offer former player Southgate redemption, after he missed a pivotal penalty against Germany during the Euro 96 match.
He said: ‘Probably somewhere deep in Gareth Southgate’s subconscious it does.
‘He did do an interview the other day where he said: “I’m not interested in talking about the past and some of the players weren’t even born when that match happened.”
‘And it didn’t go to penalties. It being the German side, I think it would have been almost impossible for certainly everyone in the crowd who remembers it not to think: “Oh no, is it going to be that thing? Is it going to be the Southgate moment?”‘
Luckily that wasn’t the case.
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