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Craig Porter 1st Jun 2010 - 7:05

5- The Lightning Seeds with Baddiel & Skinner: Three Lions

For many fans, the unofficial England football anthem with a nostalgic appeal that invokes the spirit of 1966 and the pride of wearing the England shirt. The song has real form as a possible no.1 contender having previously topped the charts in both 1996 for Euro 96, when it also caught the mood of Britpop, and 1998, when it was re-issued to mark England's challenge in the World Cup in France. Since then it has reached the top 20 on a further two occasions - in 2002 (#16) and 2006 (#9), again to mark England's participation in the World Cup.

With downloads making it possible for any song to re-enter the charts at any given time if sufficient people get behind it, we're bound to see this song make a re-appearance in the charts during future football tournaments. Unlikely to feature this time round, though, given that it's competing with it's own cover by The Squad, although if England go on to lift the trophy we could see fans resorting to the original, so this could prove a worthwhile longer shot. Available to download.

William Hill odds: 12/1 | HMV charts rating: 5 World Cup Stars

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William Hill Odds for Top Charting World Cup Related Song* : Click links to listen to the songs and read our thoughts

1/3 James Corden & Dizzee Rascal - Shout for England 20/1 Terry Venables - If I Can Dream (Sun TV ad music)
4/1 The Squad (feat Robbie Williams & Russell Brand) - 3 Lions 2010 25/1 The Three Tenors - Nessun Dorma (20th Anniversary Edition)
6/1 New Order ft. John Barnes - World In Motion 33/1 Shuttleworth - England's Heartbeat
10/1 K'naan - Wavin' Flag (The Celebration Mix) 66/1 Chico - It's England Time
12/1 Lightning Seeds with Baddiel & Skinner - Three Lions 100/1 Ken Dodd's Dad's Dog's Dead - Confidence


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