With the World Cup 2014 upon us England still does not have an “official” anthem after Football Association dropped their support for the Gary Barlow and Michael Owen version of Greatest Day by Take That. An online campaign has been underway to make late comedian Rik Mayall‘s forgotten Shakespeare-inspired song, “Noble England” Number 1 on the UK charts and to make it the official anthem for Team England.
British DJ John Morter is behind the campaign to propel Mayall’s single to the top spot even creating a Facebook page specifically for fan support of the Drop Dead Fred star who died earlier this week at aged 56.
Mayall cleverly uses re-worked lines from Shakespeare’s Henry V, dressed in period costume chanting ‘come on you England, you noble Englishmen’.
When it was recorded, the comedian said: “Football chants are one of the great traditions of following football and Shakespeare is also part of our national heritage. It seemed only natural that they should go together.”
What a perfect posthumous achievement it would be for Noble England to reach No. 1! Stay tuned and Once more unto the pitch dear friends!