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With England set to face Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup, the double act's collaboration with indie band The Lightning Seeds has climbed from last week's number 24 to the summit, according to the Official Charts Update.

Even Daniel Baddiel, one of the comedians who helped create the song, has joined in the fun to celebrate England's advancing team.

Multiple social media platforms are overflowing with memes, fan made videos, and tweets from England fans, cheering for their favorite team.

In the summer of '96, it spent two weeks at No.1, while a 1998 version, reworked for that year's World Cup, enjoyed three weeks at the top.

The Three Lions face Sweden in a quarter-final clash this afternoon, with the winners going on to play either Russian Federation or Croatia in the last four.

The Independent, normally a paper which works to reject any kind of jingoism, cries "On Top of the World - Bring on (semi-final rivals) Croatia", forgetting England are not actually on "top of the world" they still have two steps to go.

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It's coming home, it's coming.

The song's title, "Three Lions", refers to the design depicted on English players' jerseys.

A football-mad couple paid £750 to have a 72-inch TV installed at their wedding reception - so their guests could watch the England vs. Sweden match during their celebrations.

What's extraordinary, although perhaps unsurprising, is that the song continues to chart - once every four years like clockwork, as England's football-winning ambitions remain as intimately tied to the single as the yuletide holidays do to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas".

David Baddiel, co-writer of the famous song "Three Lions", from which the "football's coming home" hook originates, has admitted as much in this excellent piece published in The Times today. Fair, but we mustn't forget the line which follows: "I know that was then / but it could be again".