William’s call to England: It’s coming home!

It's the unmistakeable refrain being sung, hummed and whistled wherever English football fans have gathered for the last couple of weeks, but for two decades "Three Lions" was the source of nothing but pain for England manager Gareth Southgate.

Although he appeared to admit he's still not a fan of the David Baddiel and Frank Skinner anthem, he also added that he can now at least tolerate listening to it.

When the song first was released, the chorus proclaimed "Three lions on a shirt/Jules Rimet still gleaming/Thirty years of hurt/never stopped me dreaming". From parodies of The Matrix, Shrek and The Office to rewrites of the royal wedding and Michael Jackson videos, see some of the most hilarious results below.

England got off to about as good a start as the team could have hoped for against Croatia in the World Cup semifinal.

It was a miss that at one stage threatened to define Southgate's career, and the song now being sung so joyously once again around England served only as a reminder.

But England now return, with the pride of the nation restored - Southgate returns with the trust that he is the man not only to guide this squad but English football as a whole.

With England's progression to the semi-finals of the World Cup, streams and physical downloads of the song have increased significantly as the country basks in World Cup fever. It is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time, but involved some hard moments as well.

"I'm certainly proud of the support we're receiving".

"Of course the tournament ended in disappointment and it is nice to be able to put a different frame on it now. We can feel the energy and the support from home and it's a very special feeling for us".

"We've had the chance to make a difference". Our supporters have had a long time of suffering in terms of football.

"Why didn't you ask me how I played well against him in other games? The more big games we are involved in, the more pressure situations they're involved in and emerge from successful, the more belief it will build", said Southgate at the pre-match conference on Tuesday night.

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