Graeme Souness has urged England manager Gareth Southgate to ‘ban’ the ‘Three Lions’ song – because of a bad omen.
The nation’s eyes will be on Wembley as they look to beat Denmark for a place in the Euro 2020 final against Italy on July 11 at the same venue.
With 60,000 expected to be in the stands, one song expected to be heard around the ground is Davie Baddiel and Frank Skinner’s song produced for the home tournament 25 years ago.
It has become an anthem for England under Southgate, with the famous line ‘football’s coming home’ becoming a catchphrase.
But Souness, who has been a regular on the ITV punditry panel during the tournament, believes the shone should be banned if they want to learn from their last tournament.
Writing in his Times column, Souness said: “If I was Gareth Southgate, sitting down to write his Russia 2018 report for the Football Association, then top of my notepad would be the following: never allow that song, Football's Coming Home, to be played again during a major tournament.
“Football's coming home, is it? So, England effectively own the sport. I don't think so.
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“They didn't have a monopoly on it when their teams and the FA were big players in the global power game back in the last century, and they don't now.”
This quote refers to England’s last World Cup campaign, reaching the semi-finals against Croatia.
In the 2-0 quarter-final win against Sweden, fans at the Cosmos Arena, Samara, an iconic image emerged of Southgate celebrating with the supporters while the song was being sung.
But the Three Lions missed out a place in the final against France as they lost 2-1 in stoppage time in Moscow.
Souness added: “You can say: it's just a song, only a bit of fun. But if I'm an opposition player, it would irritate the life out of me.
“That's my motivation there and then, and that's how Croatia said they had channelled the song.
"These are not the words of a bitter and twisted Scotsman. I have spent most of my working life in England and want to see the national team do well."
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