‘It’s coming home’: Where does England fans phrase come from? Why is everyone saying it? | Football | Sport


England beat Colombia on penalties to reach the World Cup quarter-finals with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford proving the hero.

The Three Lions will face Sweden in the last eight on Saturday (3pm) as they look for their first World Cup success since 1966.

The phrase ‘It’s coming home’ is becoming England fans’ strap-line for the tournament with many supporters tweeting the slogan.

The phrase comes from a Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds song pre-Euro 96, when the tournament was hosted in England.

The English famously invented the beautiful game and the song is a throwback to how football is coming home.

The chorus of the song proclaims “It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming, football’s coming home.”

After semi-final defeat in 1996, it was re-recorded ahead of the 1998 World Cup in France, with different lyrics though keeping the same chorus.

Ultimately, football never did come home in either of those years but England fans seem confident that it will this year.

Even England stars such as Jesse Lingard have got involved with the hype, the Manchester United man posting a hilarious tweet after the Colombia victory.

The shootout win was the first time England have ever won via the method in the World Cup, having been beaten from 12 yards in 1990, 1998 and 2006.

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