Gary Lineker Shuts Down Trolls With Thorough Explanation Of 'It's Coming Home'
Like it ever needed explaining, Gary Lineker has had to tell some supporters - mostly non-England fans - what 'it's coming home' actually means.
It was pandemonium when the Three Lions stormed the World Cup, progressing from the group stages right to the semi-finals, a feat no one, not even England supporters, expected.
The surge of positivity - something that had not be felt for a long time by England supporters - swept the nation, everyone chanting, saying, posting, or signposting, "'it's coming home".
Still annoyed that some say England fans thought they'd already won the World Cup with "It's Coming Home."- Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) July 13, 2018
It was a movement. It was about having belief and dreaming of the impossible - as a country.
No one felt "entitled" to win the World Cup. No one thought it was "easy."
What's all the fuss about 'It's Coming Home'? Fans were relieved to win a shoot-out, delighted there was no Iceland mess and just happy to be at the World Cup. Last time I went to Stockport their fans claimed to be 'by far the greatest team the world has ever seen' :joy::trophy::soccer:- Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) July 14, 2018
I never saw It's Coming Home as arrogantly thinking England were going to win the World Cup.- John Cross (@johncrossmirror) July 14, 2018
I saw It's Coming Home as giving us a bit of pride in our football again.
As for criticising England fans for singing 'It's Coming Home'. Really? Get over yourselves. Depends what you think 'it' was referring to.- Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) July 14, 2018
And this annoyed absolutely no one at all.
Well, maybe that's not entirely true: When England were knocked out of the World Cup, somewhat surprisingly, to Croatia, lots of people - mainly online users - had grown a bit sick and tired of the soundbite, and suddenly became very interested in reminding England supporters that now it definitely WAS NOT coming home.
Ah, little do they know!
Legendary former England international Lineker took to social media to shout them down. He said, pointedly:
Dear non English football fans.- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 14, 2018
Football's coming home is a fun song highlighting the lack of success of our football team for decades. No one really thought we'd win it. I totally get why you might think it was arrogance, but it's more our self deprecatory sense of humour. :thumbsup:
That's the right response, Gary. Yes, it did actually come home - yes, we did actually, really, really, really enjoy our World Cup, thank you very much.
It came home as soon as England supporters started to believe in their team again.
It'll come home in 2020 - when the Euro final will be played at Wembley - and it'll come home once again in 2022, when England win the World Cup.
So, you'll just have to deal with it.