What’s that old love song got to do with the beautiful game, you ask? Why, they’ve substituted some of the lyrics to give it a “Euros 2020 twist”, of course.
Now, the song’s chorus features the inspired line: “Southgate you’re the one/ You still turn me on/ Football’s coming home again.”
Before you start accusing the former girl band of tenuously trying to capitalise on the national team’s success, it should be noted that this alternative version of the song had already become a crowd favourite at matches.
Fans replaced the original words themselves – chanting them as England progressed to the semi-finals in the 2018 World Cup – but Atomic Kitten had never before performed the remix in public until last weekend.
The band said in a statement that their temporary reunion had been “totally inspired by England Football fans”.
“It’s been a whirlwind couple of days, but we are super excited and grateful to be able to contribute to the awesome energy and patriotism that is filling the England Streets with this version of ‘Whole Again’,” they gushed.
“Totally inspired by the England Football fans in support of Gareth Southgate and the super talented England Football team, we will be singing loud and proud, ‘Football’s Coming Home!’”