Enraged football fans have slammed the new release of David Baddiel and Frank Skinner's Three Lions ahead of a first-ever winter World Cup.
The classic anthem, originally released prior to England's home European Championship tournament in 1996, has been sang at every major championship since its inception, most recently crowning the Lionesses' Euro 2022 victory when football did finally 'come home'.
Forming an instant bond between team and supporters, Baddiel and Skinner have returned to the recording studio, alongside Lightning Seeds singer Ian Broudie, to bash out an updated version ahead of the Three lions World Cup campaign in Qatar.
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Featuring festive jingles and updated lyrics, the trio blame England's lack of fortunes on the fact that the blokes are "just jinxed in July" but this time around Gareth Southgate's side can bring home the crown as 'it's December."
Even a host of ill-thought-out puns, including a "cracker of a game" and "England are giving them a real good stuffing", couldn't save the laughable re-make, which has left fans cringing on social media.
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"Baddiel & Skinner's Three Lions 2022 has pulled off the impossible of making me hate both football and Christmas," jibbed one supporter.
"I wish someone would rupture my ear drums so I never have to hear this again," slated a second. "Safe to say if England are as bad on the pitch as the new Three Lions song then Wales and USA will be safely into the Knockouts," blasted a third.
"Three Lions (It’s Coming Home For Christmas) is absolutely awful. Get that s*** straight in the bin," harked a fourth. "I’ve just had the misfortune of listening to the latest rehash of the Three Lions song. Make it stop," lambasted a fifth.
Despite the negative reviews, the comedy duo revealed they were expecting a mixed reaction. "Some might say that should be the end of it," Baddiel told BBC1. "Stop singing it. But we decided to give it one more go on the basis that the blokes haven’t brought it home."
While comedy partner Frank Skinner added: "We could not resist the fact that the World Cup was at Christmas. People have said in the past that football songs are a little bit tacky.
"And in maths, two negatives make a positive so we think there is so much tacky in this it's going to be a classic."
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