‘It’s a song about losing!’ Skinner, Baddiel and Broudie on 26 years of Three Lions – and bringing it up to date

As a new version of the England anthem is released to coincide with the World Cup, the trio talk about the glory days, patriotism and why they won’t be going to Qatar

It’s coming home, it’s coming home … You know how it goes. Hang on, though: it came home, didn’t it? In July, when the Lionesses beat Germany with a dramatic extra-time winner at Wembley to win Euro 2022. It was England’s first major trophy since Bobby Moore, Jack and Bobby Charlton, Nobby Stiles, Gordon Banks, Geoff Hurst etc won the World Cup in 1966. With all those years of hurt finally over, David Baddiel said he was happy for his song, Three Lions, to be “put to bed”.

Guess what, though: it just got up again, for the World Cup in Qatar, and for Christmas. We will come to the new version – and Qatar – later.

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