Lineker and Barlow join forces for World Cup song

Thursday 20 Mar 2014
The England World Cup song group at Sarm Studios

England legend Gary Lineker joined forces with pop giant Gary Barlow earlier this month to record the official World Cup song for Brazil 2014.

Taking place at Sarm Studios in west London, where 1984’s Band Aid single was also recorded, the two Garys were joined by a number of their football and musical colleagues.

Gary Barlow shows namesake Lineker the red card.

Garys Lineker and Barlow on the piano


The song will be a re-working of Barlow's 'Greatest Day' track, originally made with his former band Take That back in 2008.

From the football world, Lineker was backed by a band made up of former Three Lions including Michael Owen, Glenn Hoddle, Sir Geoff Hurst, David Seaman, Peter Shilton, Dion Dublin, Kenny Sansom, Gary Mabbutt, Gary Pallister and Martin Keown.

To add some musical expertise to the project, Barlow recruited former Spice Girls Emma Bunton and Mel C, to team up with Kimberley Walsh, Pixie Lott, Conor Maynard and Eliza Doolittle.

"My voice is naturally brilliant, which is why they asked me to lead this thing,” Lineker told

The England band help record the song.

A number of former England stars made up the band


"I'm a natural singer, poor Gary Barlow was outstaged!

"But it’s a rousing tune and I think we'll get the nation behind the team, which is always helpful."

The first showing of the song and its video can be seen on Friday’s Sport Relief show on BBC1.

But you can get a sneak preview of how it might look through our own feature including the thoughts of Lineker, Hoddle, Owen and Kimberley Walsh in the media player at the top of the page.

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels