The Fall's Mark E. Smith Pens Unofficial World Cup Anthem

The Fall's Mark E. Smith Pens Unofficial World Cup Anthem
England hasn't won a World Cup since 1966, and the nation is getting desperate. So desperate, in fact, that the Fall's Mark E. Smith has penned a song called "England's Heartbeat" to try to inspire the long-struggling team.

According to Voiceprint, the unofficial anthem was written by Smith, alongside ex-Fall collaborator Ed Blaney and Girl Peculiar (aka Jenny Shuttleworth). The trio are releasing the song as a CD single on June 7, just four days before the World Cup kickoff on June 11. A digital download will be available prior to that on May 4.

The band's press materials claim, "This is possibly the greatest World Cup record ever, it's 'England's Heartbeat,' sent from heaven." What's more, "It'll frighten the wits out of the old enemy too."

The song's lyrics warn the English players, "Socks up at last or be a Brazilian breakfast." So much for FIFA's mission to "[use] football as a symbol of hope and integration."

England's Heartbeat:

1. "England's Heartbeat"
2. "England's Heartbeat (Instrumental)"
3. "England's Heartbeat (Alternative Mix)"