Yes it's true , the singer songwriter of long time music refuseniks The Fall, Mark E Smith has written a World Cup song with ex-Fall member and collaborator Ed Blaney and Jenny Shuttleworth (aka Girl Peculiar), and here it is in all it's emotive glory. A world cup song with a Salfordian slant.
" This is not 1974, this is not 1976, you are not at Stamford Bridge, but you are on a Boer Ridge".
It invokes English players to "take care of the invention of your nation", "socks up at last or be a brazilian breakfast".
It's even got a rousing chorus and a tune to win the world cup for and a hard edged twist at the end. It'll frighten the wits out of the old enemy too.
Witty and impassioned it's an appeal for a show of pride from England in South Africa, "remember the pitch in December", gone should be the days of England teams wilting in the June sunshine and acting like a bunch of big girls blouses. This is possibly the greatest world cup record ever, it's England's Heartbeat, sent from heaven.