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Lily Allen unveils unofficial World Cup tune 'Bass Like Home'


With the England football team set to hit Brazil for the World Cup next week, Lily Allen has unveiled her own brand of cheer-leading by way of an unofficial anthem uploaded to Soundcloud.

Allen's track, Bass Like Home, has a garage-pop feel and takes an alternative twist on the tournament, with a club beat and references to Brit exports including William Shakespeare, John Lennon, the Queen and lager.

The World Cup is not mentioned directly but former England player Paul Gascoigne does get a shout-out in the tune, which continues a grand old tradition of unofficial World Cup anthems.

Allen's own father, comedian Keith Allen, penned the lyrics to World Cup classic Vindaloo with his band Fat Les. The song was meant as a parody of football chants but became a hit in its own right as fans snapped it up as the soundtrack of France '98.

It easily outdid the official World Cup tune of that year - a joint effort between Echo and the Bunnymen and the Spice Girls.

Lily Allen out and about in London this week with newly dyed red hair

There is currently no official World Cup anthem for England this tournament. Gary Barlow's reworking of the Take That hit, Greatest Day, was lined up for the job but it was quietly axed amid Barlow's tax avoidance scandal and the track's previous association with Sport Relief.

Official World Cup tunes have struggled to gain momentum in previous years. Neither Ant & Dec's We're on the Ball, recorded for England's 2002 World Cup campaign, or Embrace's World at Your Feet in 2006, were particular hits.

The England football team are currently for their World Cup opener against Italy on 14 June.

In other Lily Allen news, her brother Alfie has denied the mother-of-two's claim that she was offered a role in Game of Thrones alongside him.

Allen, 29, said she turned down the part because it involved "too much incest", but Alfie Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy in the gore-fuelled series, said this week: "The only thing I'm going to say on that is that it's not true."

Have a listen to Allen's track, below:



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