England’s iconic Three Lions football anthem undergoes sex change for Women’s World Cup

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The song – penned by Frank Skinner and David Baddiel 23 years ago – has been re-recorded as Three Lionesses in support of the England women’s team’s summer campaign in France. 

Male football legends Gary Lineker, Nobby Stiles, Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moore have been benched from the lyrics in favour of Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs, Jade Moore and Nikita Parris. 

Skinner and Baddiel gave England sponsors Lucozade Sport permission to re-record the 1996 original. 

It will be used as the soundtrack to an ad by the soft drink giants which tells of women footballers’ battle to overcome prejudice and make it internationally. 

Among the new lyrics are: “Same pride, same meaning, never stopped us dreaming” and: “We still see that tackle by Moore, and when Nikita scored, Stephy’s belting the ball, and Nobbsy dancing.” 

“Our aim is to stir up support for the Lionesses but also inspire a generation to get moving and try football”

Claire Keaveny

Arsenal midfielder Jordan, 26, who has won 53 England caps, said the re-worked song was a hit with the squad. 

She said: “I know the players love the Three Lionesses track and I hope it inspires the team to World Cup glory. 

“This is an incredible time for women’s football as awareness and popularity continues to grow.” 

Claire Keaveny, head of marketing at Lucozade Sport – which is giving away 90,000 minutes of free pitch time at UK football centres to encourage women to take up the game – said: “Arguably Three Lions is the most iconic England song. 

“So we’re proud to be able to give it a Lionesses twist in support of the team and the women’s game in general. 

“Our aim is to stir up support for the Lionesses but also inspire a generation to get moving and try football.” 

Three Lions was first recorded by The Lightning Seeds to mark England hosting the 1996 European Championships. 

Penned by frontman Ian Broudie with Skinner and Baddiel, the lyrics charted England’s struggle to repeat 1966’s World Cup victory. 

It even reached the top 20 in Germany, and a follow-up was recorded to mark the 1998 World Cup. 

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