By Steve Dellar  |  07-05-2018   World Cup
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Back in 1998, the illustrious band named ‘Baddiel, Skinner and Lightning Seeds’ was allowed to sing the official title song for England at the France world cup that year, which featured the catchy rhyme “it’s coming home, it’s coming, football’s coming home”, referring to the fact that the British Isles are considered to be the birthing place of football (or soccer if you will).

Although the group was never to be heard of again, the song stayed in the collective mind of the English and serves as a reminder that it’s been a long time since England have done anything remarkable at a World Cup.

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But Russia 2018 looks like a possible turning point for them. Having the top scorer of the tournament so far as your captain and an easy road to the final, facing Sweden on Saturday and a semi-final against either the host nation Russia or the technically strong team Croatia is quite different from going up against France or Brazil.

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And thus, the three lions flags are going up all over London again, with many tourists probably left to wonder what kind of services they can expect this Saturday when half the nation will be in front of the ‘telly’ screaming Harry Kane and his teammates forward against the defensive football of the Swedes.

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Yes, the long-time Sweden onlooker knows that the team is without stars since the charismatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired but also that these humble, hard-working, and superbly organized men have risen under the auspices of coach Janne Andersson to their best level.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are totally stunned by the amazing World Cup support from people outside Sweden. Thank you so much, it means the world to us! Hope you&#39;ll all be behind us against England on Saturday! Heja Sverige!</p>&mdash; Sweden.se (@swedense) <a href="https://twitter.com/swedense/status/1014423206567006208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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And thus, further to the fact that England now statistically have the best chance since 1990 to advance to the semi-final if they can get past the defensive Swedish block, many in the UK are left to wonder, aside from the fact whether the Swedish and English fans will sing their respective anthems towards the other teams again, if football is really ‘coming home’?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bring on Sweden <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/England?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#England</a> <a href="https://t.co/BWlcFlcp2z">pic.twitter.com/BWlcFlcp2z</a></p>&mdash; Steve K8 (@steverio_nufc) <a href="https://twitter.com/steverio_nufc/status/1014256620803633152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Swedish fans to England: “Go home to your ugly wives.”

English fans to Sweden: “You’re shit, but your birds are fit.”

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