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Graeme Souness Wants 'Football's Coming Home' Banned From Being Played During Major Tournaments

Graeme Souness Wants 'Football's Coming Home' Banned From Being Played During Major Tournaments

So, Graeme Souness wants 'Football's Coming Home' banned.

The iconic song swept the nation as England enjoyed a brilliant World Cup campaign until defeat to Croatia in the semi-final.

Baddiel and Skinner, with the Lightning Seeds, hollering 'it's coming home' was rekindled as England marched onto the knockout rounds while winning penalty shootouts, surpassing expectations.

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But, unfortunately, it's not coming home despite Gareth Southgate's managerial heroics.

However, Southgate has transformed the England fold as fans fall back in love with their national team.

Though if Souness was Southgate, the first thing he'd do would be to ban 'Football's Coming Home' song.

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"If I was Gareth Southgate, sitting down to write his Russia 2018 report for the Football Association, then top of my notepad would be the following: never allow that song, Football's Coming Home, to be played again during a major tournament," he told The Sunday Times.

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The Scot added: "Football's coming home, is it? So, England effectively own the sport. I don't think so.

"They didn't have a monopoly on it when their teams and the FA were big players in the global power game back in the last century, and they don't now.

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"You can say: it's just a song, only a bit of fun.

"But if I'm an opposition player, it would irritate the life out of me. That's my motivation there and then, and that's how Croatia said they had channeled the song.

"These are not the words of a bitter and twisted Scotsman. I have spent most of my working life in England and want to see the national team do well.

"There has been a feelgood factor between the players, fans and media which I haven't seen around an England team, and that's been great to witness. But I am also a professional footballer who's been around the block a bit."

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Southgate waves goodbye to the traveling England support. Image: PA
Southgate waves goodbye to the traveling England support. Image: PA

Football may not be coming home this year, but it is in 2020 when Wembley Stadium hosts the European Championship final.

Topics: Football News, Football, England, World Cup

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