England playlist: The top 20 World Cup songs to soundtrack your Croatia semi-final

Goal has put together a playlist of the best tunes to get yourself ready for the Three Lions' clash with Croatia on Wednesday night

The sun is shining, the entire country is enjoying the hottest summer in years and England have made it to the last four of a World Cup.

England will face Croatia on Wednesday evening, having last played in a World Cup semi-final in 1990 when they lost to West Germany on penalties.

More and more English fans have been chanting "it's coming home" since they played their first group game against Tunisia. The  Three Lions  song dating back to Euro 1996 is set to top the UK charts and it marks the last time England faced a semi-final where Gareth Southgate failed to score during a penalty shootout. 

Essential pre-game listening includes England's official songs from years gone by, such as New Order anthem  World In Motion  released for Italia '90, when the Three Lions were last in the semi-finals and went out on penalties after misses from both Stuart Pierce and Chris Waddle. 

England might not have "scored one more than you" after crashing out once again on penalties to Argentina in 1998 but Fat Les’  Vindaloo  and the updated  Three Lions '98  were the real winners with people still singing every word 20 years later. 

Aside from the England anthems, you can’t go without listening to this year’s official World Cup song Live it Up and Shakira's  Waka Waka , which was the soundtrack for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and could be included in the closing ceremony when she performs. 

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That’s without even mentioning the modified versions of Freed From Desire and Whole Again to include lines such as "Southgate, you're the one" and "football's coming home again". 

  1. Three Lions '96 - Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds
  2. Vindaloo - Fat Les
  3. World In Motion - New Order
  4. Back Home - 1970 England World Cup Squad
  5. We're On The Ball - Ant and Dec
  6. Jerusalem - Fat Les
  7. Freed From Desire - Gala
  8. Whole Again - Atomic Kitten
  9. Carnavel de Paris - Les Blues 
  10. Nessum Dorma - Jorge Castro
  11. England's Irie - Black Grape, Joe Strummer and Keith Allen 
  12. Three Lions '98 - Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds
  13. Waka Waka (This time for Africa) - Shakira
  14. Live it Up - Nicky Jam, Will Smith and Era Istrefi
  15. Shout - Shout for England, Dizzie Rascal and James Corden
  16. God Save the Queen - National Anthem band
  17. Great Escape - England fans
  18. Angels - Robbie Williams
  19. This Time We'll Get It Right - 1982 England World Cup Squad
  20. This Is The One - Stone Roses

Here's a playlist of the 20 songs to play ahead of the Croatia match embedded below. 

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