Gary Lineker and popstars unite to record a song they hope will lead England to World Cup glory

Gary Barlow and Gary Lineker take a moment for a photo during recording
Gary Barlow and Gary Lineker take a moment for a photo during recording Photo: Sport Relief

Gary Lineker has told ITV News how Gary Barlow helped him assemble a crack team of ex-footballers and singers to record England's World Cup song.

Speaking to sports correspondent Ian Payne after leaving the studio, the former England striker and Match of the Day host said Barlow had been "instrumental" in the process - and joked that he had offered the former X Factor judge some vocal tips ahead of today's session:

A group of 12 former England players, including Sir Geoff Hurst, Glenn Hoddle and Michael Owen, were among the singers to record a cover of the Take That number one Greatest Day. The proceeds will go to Sport Relief.

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In London today recording The World Cup song with Ex-England players and some proper singers! http://t.co/EjHOb49s1m

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Kimberley Walsh, Katy B, Mel B and Emma Button joined Gary Barlow among the pop contingent during the recording at Sarm Studios in London - where the Band Aid single was recorded in 1984.

lockwise from left: Gary Barlow, Kimberley Walsh, Mel C & Emma Bunton, Katy B, Michael Owen and Dion Dublin in London today.
Clockwise from left: Gary Barlow, Kimberley Walsh, Mel C & Emma Bunton, Katy B, Michael Owen and Dion Dublin in London today. Credit: PA

A picture tweeted by Lineker shows what could be football's new supergroup: Gary Pallister on guitar, Martin Keown on tambourine, Carlton Palmer playing drums, Kenny Samson on bass and Gary Mabbutt with a violin.

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Great day recording England's official @fifacom World Cup song. It all got rather silly @sportrelief http://t.co/Q5xkS23vys

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Speaking about the experience, Keown admitted he found it tricky imitating the professionals - something his former teammate David Seaman clearly found amusing:

The song will be broadcast for the first time during Sport Relief night on Friday 21 March.

If you want a taste of what to expect, you can watch the original version here: