Hatters boss backs Three Lions to win the World Cup

GETTYThe duo took to social media to show their elation

Football anthem "Three Lions" is leading the race to top the Official Singles Chart this Friday as Gareth Southgate's England prepare for their World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

Marvin Humes, presenter of The Official Vodafone Big Top 40, said: "What an incredible day!"

They now potentially stand just 90 minutes away from their first major tournament final in 52 years, when they last won the World Cup back in 1966.

"Of course that's unbelievable, but I think it's time we knock it off the Number 1 spot... with "Three Lions"," he says in a rousing pre-match speech on Twitter.

They changed the lyrics to reflect the England squad as it was at the time, and the new version was just as popular.

Throw it away Gonna blow it away But I know they can play 'Cause I remember. Demi Lovato from the top of the charts on Sunday evening.

Gazza was of course one of the star players the last time England played in an World Cup semi-final back in 1990. It was now ideally poised to embody England's aspirations for World Cup '98 - and indeed it became, for the second time in two years, a No. 1 single in the United Kingdom.

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I promise I will care for the kids as best as possible. "I want to say thanks for all the support, and I want to apologize". Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's navy SEAL unit are guiding the boys to safety.

"We got out we download and we stream "Three Lions", and we get it to Number 1".

Talk about spreading the England cheer on the other side of the pond!

The ironic thing is that "Three Lions" is not a song about winning football, but about losing it - losing it in crushing, brutal, humiliating agony, in ways both unbearable and expected by anyone who admires this team.

The song, originally by the Lightning Seeds & the comedy duo of Baddiel & Skinner, was initially a Euro 96 song.

Been wondering why "It's coming home" has become an wonderful meme and the rallying cry of England fans as the national team keeps moving ahead in the 2018 World Cup?

I know that was then.

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