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David Baddiel reveals Three Lions Christmas remake will pay tribute to the England Lionesses

David Baddiel has revealed that the Three Lions Christmas remake will pay tribute to the England Lionesses team for their stellar Euros win this summer.

The 58-year-old comedian who wrote the 1996 Britpop tribute to the England football team with Frank Skinner has become the soundtrack to stadiums and pubs with fans rooting for an English win in UEFA’s Euro 1996, which was played at home.

And after the women’s Lionesses team smashed a 2-1 win against Germany at Wembley Stadium which brought England their first Euro victory, Baddiel and Skinner decided to bring in their huge win to the iconic song.

Revealed: David Baddiel (pictured right with Frank Skinner) says the Three Lions Christmas remake will pay tribute to the England Lionesses team for their stellar Euros win this summer

News of the re-recording as a Christmas release, called ‘Three Lions On A Sleigh’, was released in September, but on Thursday David told Toby Tarrant on The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X that the Lionesses have had an impact. 

When asking about getting into the Christmas music markets, Baddiel said: ‘You know we’ve done Three Lions Christmassy, do you know that?’

Chris said, ‘I imagine it’s Three Lions with more sleigh bells,’ but Baddiel responds: ‘It’s actually more than that. 

‘That was the original idea, Ian Brody – definitely a genius – me and Chris were thinking, “well should we do a Christmas thing” because it is December, the World Cup is in December. 

Celebrate: The Lionesses team smashed a 2-1 win against Germany at Wembley Stadium which brought England their first Euro victory (pictured, Chloe Kelly, right, celebrating her winning goal with Jill Scott)

‘But should we do it with sleigh bells, kids choirs and all that. But me and Frank said, ‘Let’s re-write it, with some comedy Christmassy lyrics.

‘And also we thought we’d write about the Lionesses winning.

‘And that’s what we’ve done, we’ve filmed the video the other day. What we’d done is – I don’t want to give too much away – but the first video we shot in 1996.

‘It’s a version of that one, just much, much older.’

The anthem enjoyed a roaring comeback during the 2018 World Cup, in which England got to the semi-finals, and became the first song in UK history to have four spells at No 1 during the tournament.

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Back in the day: The 58-year-old comedian who wrote the 1996 Britpop tribute to the England football team with Frank Skinner has become the soundtrack to England games (pictured on the video shoot for Three Lions)

And at the Women’s Euro final in Wembley back in August, David Baddiel spoke of his pride at England’s Lionesses and the ‘beautiful’ way it was sung out of the stadium when the final was won.

Baddiel said he had wondered if he would have ever heard the song – penned with Frank Skinner and Ian Broudie – song after a tournament-winning victory.

And he said the team’s press conference invasion to belt out the song in front of the waiting media had perfectly encapsulated their spirit.

Baddiel thanked the Lionesses after the match and tweeted: ‘Home. In fact it’s come home. A sentence I thought I’d never write. I’ve gone. Thank you Lionesses.’

He told Radio 4 this morning: ‘It’s beautiful, it’s fantastic, it was beautiful to hear it sung out of Wembley yesterday as we finally clinched a final.

Big win: At the Women’s Euro final in Wembley back in August, David Baddiel spoke of his pride at England’s Lionesses and the ‘beautiful’ way it was sung out of the stadium when the final was won (pictured left, captain Leah Williamson and Alex Greenwood after their win)

‘I really did think that would never happen. It was so amazing to think “oh we’ve won, this doesn’t happen”. It’s actually happened.

‘Then the team all coming into the press conference and anarchically breaking up the press conference by singing the song. It was so brilliant and so in the spirit of the Lionesses which is kind of joyful and unbridled and brilliant the way they play, so yes I was very happy about it.’

The night before the final, Baddiel and the Lightning Seeds performed a Lionesses-themed version of the song at a Camden gig.

It featured lyrics ‘And now I see Ellen White standing tall, Russo ready to score, Stanway belting the ball, and Beth Mead screaming’.

Gearing up the crowd: The night before the final, Baddiel and the Lightning Seeds performed a Lionesses-themed version of the song at a Camden gig (pictured)

Merry

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