Chris Kamara Euro 2012 England song gets FA backing
Sky pundit's charity tune 'Sing 4 England' gets official stamp - but is the video good enough?
WHILE ENGLAND fans were frantically refreshing the FA's website this afternoon to discover which players were going to Euro 2012, another equally important selection had already been made by the powers that be: the choice for England's official song.
Last Friday, the FA announced that Chris Kamara's charity song Sing 4 England had got its backing for the team's Euro 2012 anthem. The Sky Sports pundit certainly has high hopes for the song, which he says has the ability to "inspire England to win their first major trophy since 1966". But does it really cut the mustard?
Given the success of England's previous Euro choices, Kamara shouldn't be hampered by the weight of expectation. Since the runaway 1996 hit Three Lions - so popular it was rerecorded for the 1998 World Cup - England have been associated with a series of flops. In 2000, Fat Les's reworking of Jerusalem peaked at number 10 in the charts. The Farm's All Together Now fared little better in 2004, just entering the top five that summer and soon returning to obscurity. It must have seemed like blessed relief when four years later Steve McLaren's England failed to qualify.
Kamara's venture ploughs a similar furrow. The music video contains the obligatory patriotic fans and St George's flags, as well as a healthy dose of attempted humour. The Sky pundit also gets the chance to show off his famous fashion sense – swapping between a black shirt and a white suit with red tie – while the footage also features a 'funny man' who seems to follow Kamara everywhere he goes.
There seems little doubt that the song won't win a Brit anytime soon, but it should raise a lot of money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. And, at the very least, it's gone one better than a rival England song by Marcus Day - two of the three players mentioned at the start of his Euro 2012 song have failed to make the squad.