But there was disappointment among many fans today after the Football Association confirmed there will be no official soundtrack for this summer’s tournament.
The FA said it had not commissioned an official squad single or even planned to endorse an unofficial song to mark next month’s tournament in Russia.
The Subways singer Billy Lunn, an Arsenal fan, tweeted: ‘The FA are being proper lazy. I’ll write the official England World Cup song for you if you like. Just give me ten minutes.’
Another Twitter user suggested Michael Dapaah, who portrays the fictional rapper Big Shaq, should do the song, tweeting to him: ‘You know what to do, big man.’
The last official England song to be released was World At Your Feet by Embrace. Pictured is lead singer Danny McNamara
In 2002 in Japan and South Korea the official England song was We’re on the Ball by TV stars Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly
The Subways singer Billy Lunn, an Arsenal fan, tweeted: ‘The FA are being proper lazy. I’ll write the official England World Cup song for you if you like. Just give me ten minutes’
Another Twitter user suggested Michael Dapaah, who portrays the fictional rapper Big Shaq, should do the song, tweeting to him: ‘You know what to do, big man’
An FA spokesman said: ‘There is no official World Cup song planned.’
It is not first time the Three Lions have been without a sanctioned anthem, although unofficial attempts have had some chart success.
There have been reports that Chas and Dave, who have just released new music for the first time in 30 years, were set to pen a single.
But the band manager and drummer Nik Hodges said: ‘There’s certainly no solid plan.’
At the last tournament in 2014, Gary Barlow’s reworking of Take That track Greatest Day, featuring stars of pop and English football, such as Pixie Lott and Gary Lineker, was played in in the lead-up.
John Barnes did his famous rap in New Order’s World in Motion for the 1990 World Cup
Comedians Frank Skinner (middle) and David Baddiel (right) with Ian Broudie of the Lightening Seeds (left) re-released a revamped Three Lions in 1998
Chas and Dave (pictured) had been rumoured to be penning a single for this year’s World Cup but the claims have been denied by their manager
A video was unveiled for Sport Relief in March that year but a single, originally planned to go on sale nearer the start of the tournament, was never released.
England did not have an official anthem in 2010 either, although an unofficial release featuring James Corden and Dizzee Rascal called Shout managed to top the charts.
The 2006 World Cup song World At Your Feet was released by Embrace and went to number three in the singles chart.
The Spice Girls performed with Echo And The Bunnymen star Ian McCulloch on (How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of The World, which was released under the name England United for the 1998 World Cup.
The Spice Girls performed with Echo And The Bunnymen star Ian McCulloch on (How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of The World for the 1998 World Cup
Gary Barlow, seen here with Spice Girls Mel Chisholm (left) and Emma Bunton (right) reworked Take That track Greatest Day for the 2014 tournament, but the track was never released
In 2002 in Japan and South Korea the official England song was We’re on the Ball by television presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.
But it was outsold by a revamped version of an official track for the 1996 European Championships – Three Lions 98, by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds – as well as by Vindaloo by Fat Les.
One of the most famous England songs was New Order’s World in Motion which featured England star John Barnes rapping.
American signer Jason Derulo has recorded Fifa’s official anthem Colours for this year’s tournament.
From Spice Girls to Ant and Dec, here are some of England’s official World Cup songs through the years (as well as Baddiel & Skinner’s Three Lions classic)
Mexico 1970: Back Home, England World Cup squad
The song began the tradition of the squad recording tracks
The song, which began the tradition of the squad recording a track to celebrate its involvement reached number one for three weeks.
The reigning world champions were knocked out in the quarter finals 3-2 by West Germany in extra time.
One of the most memorable lines in the song was: ‘Back home they’ll be thinking about us / When we are far away.’
Spain 1982: This Time, England World Cup squad
England were knocked out in the 1986 World Cup when Maradona scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal
The Three Lions had failed to qualify in 1974 and 1978, so it was the first official track for 12 years.
The song reached number two and England were knocked out in the second group phase.
One of the famous lines in the song is: ‘This time, more than any other time, this time, we’re going to find a way,
Mexico 1986: Whole World At Our Feet, England World Cup squad
The tune failed to be a hit with fans, failing to reach the top 40. The highest it charted was 66.
England reached the quarter finals, but lost 2-1 to Argentina, when Diego Maradona scored a goal with the infamous ‘hand of God’
Italy 1990: World in Motion, New Order
Manchester based band New Order enlisted the help of England star John Barnes for the catchy single, who performed a rap.
The song became England’s second number one single. The team were knocked out in the semi-finals when they lost 4-3 on penalties to West Germany.
Barnes’s famous rap began with the line: ‘You’ve got to hold and give but do it at the right time.’
The song by New Order became England’s second number one single
France 1998 (How does it feel to be) on top of the world, England United
It was the first single without any player involvement, and was a collaboration between the Spice Girls, the Lightning Seeds and Echo and the Bunnymen.
The song reached number nine in the charts and England only got to the second round, when they lost 4-3 on penalties to Argentina.
The chorus went: ‘So how does it feel to be on top of the world / Now it’s for real, you’re on top of the world.’
Baddiel and Skinner, Three Lions
The official song for the 1998 tournament was outsold by a revamped version of Three Lions, written by David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, with the Lightning Seeds.
Again it reached number one in the charts, following its huge success in 1996 for Euro 96 in England.
Probably the most famous England football song, it featured the lines: ‘It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming, football’s coming home.’
The 1998 version of Three Lions outsold the official England song that year, reaching number one in the charts
South Korea/Japan 2002: We’re on the Ball, Ant and Dec
The song by the popular TV hosts reached number 3 in the charts. England reached the quarter finals, but were beaten by Brazil.
The first lines were: ‘They thought it was all over, but it’s only just begun / The cup of eastern promise, in the land of the rising sun.’
Germany 2006: World at your feet, Embrace
Singer Danny McNamara said he didn’t apply to produce the song, but was asked by the FA, and he said yes after asking his father.
The song reached number three in the charts and England reached the quarter-finals.