England’s race to the 2020 Euro Cup final is plunging the nation tremendously ahead of Sunday’s clash with Italy, but more than 60,000 Wembley fans will attend an unfamiliar football anthem. Neil Diamante’s “Sweet Caroline” has become the favorite of the crowd and the team in England’s first race to reach the European Championship final. “You can’t beat Sweet Caroline a little bit,” said English director Gareth Southgate after a solid 40,000 Karaoke session celebrating Germany’s Victory in the last 16 years.
“It’s a really cheerful song. I think it brings people together.”
The song “Three Lions”, known as “Football’s coming home”, is a soundtrack to England’s success, and has usually failed for 25 years.
Recorded with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner for rock band The Lightning Seeds for Euro 96, it is a series of heartaches in England since winning the 1966 World Cup.
The barren run has been extended to 55 years, but the mantra of “football coming home” is that every time England wins a match in a major tournament they can take on the goal of English arrogance perceived by opposition players and fans by claiming their own football.
“Sweet Caroline” arrived on the charts almost 1969 years ago.
However, despite the fact that this England team is too young to be traumatized by the defeats of the past tournament, they are well aware of the lyrics they have covered along with their adorable audience.
“I thought Sweet Caroline was a little better than the three lions in the post-match singing,” Skinner said after the Germany Clash.
“I felt like we were going to beat Germany and lose in overtime against Neil Diamante.”
Diamond himself has also noticed Buzz.
“What a thrill it was to hear everyone singing Sweet Caroline at Wembley,” he told The Telegraph.
There is plenty of reason to smile at the back of Euro 2020 Fever with the song that pushed it to second on the UK download charts.
The Coldstream Guard team invited Prince Charles to the pitch to play the tune before beating Denmark in the final semi-final on Wednesday.
The communal outburst of joy in the stands is not reflected in the decades England have been waiting to reach a major final, but rather in the back 18 after some sharp blockages due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The large-scale football crowd was outside the stadiums in England a year before the start of the testing events in April behind the successful vaccine.
Wembley Stadium DJ Tony Perry told TalkSport about the decision to put him on the playlist after the game.
The match manager said in my ear, ‘The world has been closed for 18 months … so they can have it’.
“Even the German fans were finally scared away. It’s a song that all fans can enjoy.”
Whether or not the European Championships have a new home in England, the Three Lions and their fans have rarely been so good.
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