Three Lions on course for United Kingdom number one

Gareth Southgate England manager World Cup 2018

It's the unmistakeable refrain being sung, hummed and whistled wherever English football fans have gathered for the last couple of weeks, but for two decades "Three Lions" was the source of nothing but pain for England manager Gareth Southgate.

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When the song first was released, the chorus proclaimed "Three lions on a shirt/Jules Rimet still gleaming/Thirty years of hurt/never stopped me dreaming".

The Duke of Cambridge, a self-confessed soccer fan, has made sure to bask in the glory of his team's success in Russian Federation so far, taking to Twitter to congratulate the team after each of their wins at the World Cup. England were eventually knocked out of that tournament by Germany on a penalty shootout, Southgate the only man to fail with his spot kick.

England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that.

"I am sure Londoners of all ages and backgrounds will come together in their thousands at Hyde Park to cheer England on what could be an historic night".

The Officials Chart Company confirmed they expect streams, download and video views to increase in the build-up to England's game with Croatia, and after the game if England come out victorious.

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"I'm certainly proud of the support we're receiving".

"We're excited about the future but want to make the most of the opportunity we have [now]".

Despite being an worldwide force in soccer, the English team has been perennial under-performers at the World Cup, but Prince William believes all that is set to change with the current crop of players and their boss Gareth Southgate leading the charge in Russian Federation.

"It was a song I couldn't listen to for 20 years, so it has a slightly different feel and it's nice to see people enjoying it slightly differently", he told a news conference at Luzhniki Stadium.

Gareth Southgate and England are ready to face the music.

"I would just walk out of the room".

"I would just walk out of the room, it is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time but involved some hard moments as well". Should they hold on, the Three Lions will take on France in the final on Sunday.

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