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Graeme Souness says ‘Football’s Coming Home’ should be banned from future England tournaments

Graeme Souness has said that England should ban the singing of ‘Football’s Coming Home’ at future major tournaments.

The song ‘Three Lions’ by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds regained huge popularity with supporters again this summer, and it even re-emerged in UK Official Charts charting at Number 1.

But Souness believes the song inspires opposition players more than England’s and that it sounds arrogant.

“If I was Gareth Southgate, sitting down to write his Russia 2018 report for the Football Association, then top of my notepad would be the following: never allow that song, Football’s Coming Home, to be played again during a major tournament”, he wrote in The Sunday Times.

“Football’s coming home, is it? So, England effectively own the sport. I don’t think so.

“They didn’t have a monopoly on it when their teams and the FA were big players in the global power game back in the last century, and they don’t now.”

“You can say: it’s just a song, only a bit of fun. But if I’m an opposition player, it would irritate the life out of me. That’s my motivation there and then, and that’s how Croatia said they had channelled the song.”

Souness has also been in the news recently for criticising Paul Pogba, who is now a world champion after helping France defeat Croatia 4-2 in Sunday’s final.

Speaking on beIN Sports prior to the match, he said of Pogba: “His game management is very, very poor… the boy needs help!”

He also said: “He’s indisciplined and that’s the kindest word I can say about him.”

United fans have since ripped into him and his comments.

Even Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher joined in, posting a funny old photo of Souness alongside the caption: “Souey when he see’s Pogba has scored!”

Surely Graeme Souness will be quickly taking them comments back?!


Take a look at how social media reacted to what he had to say on the next page.

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