American popstar backs England to win World Cup

Lewis Collier
July 11, 2018

That phrase inspired comedy duo Frank Skinner and David Baddiel to partner with the band The Lightning Seeds to write "Three Lions (It's Coming Home)" ― a song that became an anthem for English soccer fans.

Well, on Monday night, during a performance at London's O2 arena, Justin Timberlake got involved.

While stopping short of the 1996 anthem, Timberlake thrilled the packed arena by showing his excitement for England's chances in Russian Federation.

Indeed, the fever in question doesn't appear to be life-threatening at the moment, instead exclusively manifesting in the involuntary collective yelling of the lyrics to a 22-year-old football song.

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Seconds later he gleefully yells "go on then Kane, go on" in what appears to be a British accent. "I'd be so hyped!"

That will surely be topped by the last-four encounter, while a potential final meeting with group opponents Belgium or old rivals France likely to be even bigger.

The singing and dancing star has organised with the O2 to open the doors an hour earlier than planned at 6.30pm - allowing fans to enter in time to watch England's first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

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