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England’s It’s Coming Home anthem faces axe at World Cup because it’s seen as ‘arrogant’

The FA says other countries consider the anthem to be ‘arrogant’

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England’s ‘Three Lions’ anthem could be banned at this year’s World Cup because it ‘annoys other countries’.

According to The Sun, discussions are under way at FA headquarters over which song will be played ahead of England matches in Qatar, with the Euro 96 anthem reportedly falling out of favour.

According to ministers, the phrase – which is taken from the Lightning Seeds’ parody song ‘Three Lions’ – is disliked by other countries and seen as ‘arrogant’. 

Reports claim FA bosses are considering replacing ‘Three Lions’ with ‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond instead.

An England source told the newspaper that England manager Gareth Southgate hasn’t been involved with the discussions.

They said: “Gareth Southgate isn’t involved in the debate but he may well have decidedly mixed memories about 1996 after missing the penalty which knocked us out in the semi.”

The source added: “The FA have always countered the song’s negatives by stressing that it’s all about hope — but there’s a feeling it might be time for a change.

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“We have a great squad and a great chance in Qatar so it might be better to look forward from now on rather than back.”

Predictably, this news hasn’t sat well with many England fans, with football icon Paul Gascoigne saying the anthem is ‘part of the country’s DNA’. 

He said: “That song is in our DNA. It helped us in 1996 and it’ll help the boys in Qatar. The FA have totally lost the plot.

“You can’t take that song off us. ‘Sweet Caroline’ doesn’t come close.”

Three Lions became the official pre-match song during Euro ’96, when England famously lost on penalties in the semi-final against Germany.

And ever since, the song has become England’s somewhat ironic football soundtrack as the team have repeatedly failed to bring home trophies.

The final song choice will be announced later this summer after all thirty-two nations taking part in the tournament nominate their own anthems.

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Manchester City announce new six-part documentary following historic treble win

You can follow the Blues through their journey to winning the treble

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Treble winners Manchester City have announced a new six-part documentary chronicling their three-cup victories.

City fans will be able to relive their team through their epic season of 2022/23 which saw them take home the treble, marking a historic achievement for the club.

Following the last documentary for Amazon Prime All or Nothing, the Blue’s new documentary will be called Together: Treble Winners, and will document behind the scenes footage of how events unfolded leading to City successfully achieving ‘football immortality by winning the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup’.

The Manchester City website reads: “It [The treble] was a truly historic achievement and to celebrate, our acclaimed fly-on-the-wall documentary Together is returning to provide an exclusive look behind the scenes of our Treble-winning campaign.

“The six-part docuseries, currently in production, will offer fans the complete inside story of City’s greatest-ever season, with unseen footage charting the immersive journey our players and staff experienced en route to securing football’s Holy Grail.

“This is the story of a season like no other, as City once again stunned the world with the brilliance of our football.”

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This statement might not go down so well with United fans who won the treble back in 1998/99 and may argue that theirs was ‘a season like no other’.

Either way, football fans who appreciate the game generally can simply watch the docuseries and get to find out what Pep said to players in team talks and all the dressing room antics that went on between teammates and backroom staff.

As for its release date and further details we will have to be patient just a little longer as Man City have only announced the new in-house production by City Studios will be ‘coming soon’, and that it is currently still in the production process.

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What will the club have in-store for next season, which starts tomorrow, Friday August 11th?

Perhaps the ambitious bunch will take home all four trophies and win a quadruple? It’s a crazy thought but perhaps the Blues might be the ones to do it. 

Let’s see how this season plays out…

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Man United lose 3-1 to Wrexham during preseason tour in America

United’s pre-season friendly ended in defeat to Wrexham with their captain sent off

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Manchester United lost 3-1 to Wrexham, in a game which saw striker Paul Mullin taken to hospital after a nasty clash with United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop.

In a friendly in San Diego, Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham bounced back from the worrying injury blow securing their victory with headers from Elliot Lee, Aaron Hayden and Sam Dalby.

Manager Phil Parkinson later revealed Mullin suffered a punctured lung as their star player received oxygen before being forced off.


Just before the break the Red Devils pulled it back with Marc Jurado scoring to close the gap to 2-1, leaving United on the heels of the Welsh side.

Then just two minutes into the second half, United captain Dan Gore was shown a straight red card for a studs-up challenge leaving them with 10 men.

It seemed a fair decision at first look, but replays suggested the straight dismissal was harsh, and Gore appeared devastated as he left the pitch.


Any glimmer of hope that the Red Devils could get back into the game was looking dim following the sending off, and Wrexham made the most of their one man advantage.

Substitute Sam Dalby wrapped up the victory for Wrexham, as they secured their first ever Snapdragon Cup.

Meanwhile, it turned out to be a disappointing night for United’s youngsters, missing their opportunity to impress manager Erik ten Hag.

United’s first team will be back on Wednesday night as they take on Spanish side Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly.

Rob McElhenney, who was in attendance at the Snapdragon Stadium — which saw a record capacity — couldn’t hide his delight at the win.

But like all Wrexham fans, he will be hoping Mullin’s injury is not too serious with the new season just around the corner.


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Manchester City’s £300m Etihad Stadium expansion set for approval

The planning committee will decide next week

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Manchester City’s huge £300m expansion of the Etihad Stadium, to make it ‘the best in the world’ is set for approval. 

The expansion plans, which could be given the go ahead next week, would increase its capacity to almost 62,000 seats and create a new fan zone and event space. First look CGI images depict how the expansion could look for the area.

Manchester Council’s planning committee has been recommended to approve the plans at a meeting to be held on Thursday July 27th.

The exciting plans to extend the north stand include building a 400-bed hotel, TV studio and roof walk attraction as well as a fan zone for up to 3,000 people.

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Manchester City says its aim is to create a ‘best-in-class fan experience’ and turn the stadium into a ‘year-round entertainment and leisure destination’.

Planning permission was granted to expand the Etihad Stadium in 2014, but only the south stand was extended at the time. Town hall planners have now backed the latest application ahead of a final vote by councillors next week.

A 95-page report to the committee concludes that the proposal should be approved.

The report reads: “The [Etihad] campus’s international profile for sporting events, would be enhanced by these facilities and further drive forward the regeneration of East Manchester bringing jobs and economic growth to the area.”

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Under the plans, the north stand’s capacity would be increased by 7,900 seats taking the total capacity to 61,968. 

The current club merchandise shop would be demolished and replaced with an eight-storey building with a new store, ticket office and museum would be created offering an ‘interactive visitor experience venue’ on level 3.

The upper floors would be used as workspace for small businesses and start-ups. A nine-storey hotel with 391 bedrooms and 10 suites would also be built.

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Between the hotel and club shop building, City Square would be ‘refreshed’ to create a new covered fan zone and event space with a 3,000 person capacity.

According to the report, the club has also agreed to sign a deal which would allow parts of the campus to be used by the community including local clubs and schools. A local labour deal also features in the Section 106 agreement.

The club would also pay for measures to improve ‘movement’ around the various venues, particularly for pedestrians. A waste management agreement aims to address litter and rubbish created on football matches and events.

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Three letters of support have been received in relation to the application alongside five objections. The objections raise concerns about the design, specifically of the hotel, and the impact of the plans on the local community.

The planning committee will make the final decision on the outcome on Thursday, July 27th.

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