“Three Lions” singer Frank Skinner said UEFA had opposed plans for him and David Baddiel to perform their popular song before Sunday’s European Championship final between England and Italy at Wembley.
The hit song, released in 1996, has been revived in recent years as England’s footballing performances have improved, moving up the charts as fans began chanting the lyrics when Gareth Southgate’s squad stormed into the 2018 World Cup semifinals.
The catchy “Football’s Coming Home” verse has become the de facto anthem for English fans, and Skinner said there was a suggestion he perform at Wembley before the final.
“UEFA said it was too partisan and not fair to the Italians to have that,” Skinner was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on British talk show ‘The Last Leg’.
“In the opening game, which was Italy versus Turkey, (Italian opera tenor) Andrea Bocelli sang ‘Nessun Dorma’ before the…