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England players banned from appearing in World Cup song

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Hopes that Daniel Sturridge will showcase his rapping skills have been dashed after the FA decided that no England players will be involved in next summer’s official World Cup song.

Liverpool striker Sturridge, who is a keen MC and body-popper, had been tipped to follow in the footsteps of Anfield legend John Barnes, who famously unleashed football’s greatest rap during New Order’s 1990 World Cup hit ‘World in Motion’.

But, with the FA keen to keep its players out of the limelight ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, the yet-to-be-selected official song will be a footballer-free zone.

Football teams often release charity singles ahead of major tournaments, with England particularly fond of getting players behind the microphone.

Some official FA songs went on to become big chart hits – such as ‘Back Home’ (1970) and ‘World In Motion’ (1990), with the latter widely regarded as the best football song of all time.

Others were overshadowed by unofficial England tributes such as the Baddiel/Skinner and Lightning Seeds collaboration ‘Three Lions’, and ensemble novelty hit ‘Vindaloo’.

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This time round, though, the FA is looking to keep things more low key.

It is also understood that no decision has been made on what track will be adopted, or which charity will receive the proceeds.

More important than the dulcet tones of famed Phil Collins fan Steven Gerrard and noted chorister Wayne Rooney will be the quality of the track – the three biggest hits associated with England campaigns have come with three of the team’s best performances: ‘Back Home’ (Mexico ‘70), ‘World In Motion’ (Italia ‘90) and ‘Three Lions’ (Euro ‘96).

Which, most will agree, are vastly superior to teen-pop producers Stock Aitken and Waterman’s 1988 missive ‘All The Way’, and the abomination that was Ant and Dec’s ‘We’re on the Ball’ (2002).

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