It's Coming Home... Three Lions stars coming to Knebworth festival

VEVOThree Lions was last UK No 1 20 years ago

VEVOThree Lions was last UK No 1 20 years ago

Gareth Southgate has expressed pride in the unifying power of England's World Cup adventure, which has reconciled him with terrace favourite "Three Lions" after 20 years of hurt and brought respite from political divisions back home.

And then, on Wednesday, Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 in extra time.

France coach Didier Deschamps urged his side to seize their chance of redemption in the World Cup final after admitting he has still not got over the pain of defeat in the Euro 2016 final.

In a devastating blow to meme-makers everywhere, it turns out football is not coming home.

For Croatia, it was a Cinderella story.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time - which has already played host to headliners in Roger Waters and The Cure - announced they would be screening the match to 30,000 lucky England fans who registered for a ballot.

"We want players to be 100 per cent but we will see after training. Show the world... let them know it's coming home!"

"Never was, never will", wrote one Twitter user.

The Duke of Sussex made the patriotic announcement during a state visit to Ireland, where he was meeting Irish President, Michael Higgins at the Aras an Uachtarain.

But English fans still stuck around the Moscow stadium long after the loss, serenading their team's manager, Gareth Southgate. The royal bands of Buckingham Palace recently performed the rendition of the song, which has left United Kingdom obsessed ever since the World Cup campaign. Whether they were ravaging an IKEA store or filling the streets of Clapham, in south London, in one case crashing through a glass bus shelter, you can hear it in the background: "it's coming home, it's coming, football's coming home".

England fans were left to wonder if perhaps they were somehow responsible.

The players have spoken about how they have been keeping track online of the scenes back home while Southgate believes winning in Russian Federation would be bigger than 1966, the only time England have won the World Cup, due to the global reach and worldwide connectivity of the game. Thankfully we are looking forward with hope. Maybe football will think about coming home in 2022.