"I showed why I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League and now with the national team, and now I'm in the World Cup final".
From one group of Lions to another, this is exactly the type of breakthrough that fans in Detroit are patiently waiting and hoping for. It's since become, for better or worse, intrinsically tied to England's football team.
Now the song, with its repeated chorus of "football's coming home", is a staple again, No. 5 this week on YouTube UK's top music videos chart with more than two million views on the day of England's last match.
Samuel Umtiti headed in the only goal in a 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium in St Petersburg yesterday morning (Singapore time), consigning the Red Devils' "golden generation" to another bitter defeat.
At this year's World Cup, teams can pay a heavy price for not getting a second goal to reward itself for a dominating period of play. We started a bit too casually, and England deserved to score. SkyBet had France's odds to win the World Cup outright were set at 1/2.More news: Facebook hit with penalty and fined £500,000 over Cambridge data row
"It was a song I couldn't listen to for 20 years, so it has a slightly different feel and it's nice to see people enjoying it slightly differently", he told a news conference at Luzhniki Stadium. If they lose, they at least can take pride in making it farther along in the tournament than their country has been for multiple decades.
"England we're proud of you, that's all I've got to say".
"It was quite tough first half, we couldn't control the ball and they had good chances" he admitted.
The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run. We go out, we download and we stream Three Lions and we get it to number one. But we're not in the business of playing the blame game. Realistically, I don't think any of us did.
Croatia's strength of character will serve them well in the World Cup final against France, their coach and players said after they came from behind for the third straight knockout match to beat England on Wednesday.