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England’s World Cup song splits opinion – what do you think?

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With less than 100 days to go until the first ball is kicked at the 2014 World Cup, England fans are preparing for a summer of excitement (and most probably disappointment) by learning the lyrics to the Three Lions' new song.

Except they probably know most of the words already – as it's a re-release of Take That's mega-hit 'Greatest Day', which reached number one in 2008.

Other than having a few ex-footballers in the video, the song really has nothing to do with the World Cup at all - although the same is true of New Order's classic 'World In Motion' which provided a stirring soundtrack to England's heroics at Italia '90.

And it also borrows from perhaps the most famous England song of all, 'Three Lions', by featuring a cameo from Match of the Day's Scottish pundit Alan Hansen.

The song was revealed on Friday night as part of Sport Relief, so proceeds go to a good cause.

It makes some sense to go with a song people already know and like - especially given the underwhelming efforts of recent tournaments (remember Dizzee Rascal and James Corden in 2010? Us neither) - but it's hard to imagine England's travelling hordes in Brazil chanting along to a Take That ditty.

Here's a taste of the reaction online - have a listen and judge for yourself.

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