Krept & Konan will keep our football spirits high this summer (Picture: PA)
Krept & Konan will be providing the soundtrack to our sporting summer as the rap duo are recording England’s football anthem for the European Championships.
The Freak of the Week hitmakers will follow in the footsteps of comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, who famously sang the 1996 banger Three Lions alongside The Lightning Seeds.
However, things have changed a little since that classic and Krept & Konan’s football anthem will sound nothing like Three Lions, with the rappers set to put a more current and modern spin on their track.
BBC Three will document their journey to creating the song and will feature them meeting football stars, such as Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, West Ham’s Declan Rice and Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings, leading up to the final on July 11.
They’ll also be getting music advice from England manager Gareth Southgate to find out what he’d like to hear in the song.
The hour-long documentary promises to go a little deeper as show bosses say the changing rooms of today’s top teams ‘move to a whole different beat than the Three Lions anthem of Euro 96’, so Krept & Konan will explore ‘what Englishness actually means in 2021’.
The duo will also seek advice from other musicians such as Aitch and London rapper and TV presenter Big Zuu.
BBC Three controller said: ‘This film explores the idea of cultural and national identity through music and sport – all of which is at the heart of what’s important to our audience.
‘Krept and Konan have been fundamental to the success of The Rap Game and we’re really excited for BBC Three viewers to get an exclusive preview into the making of the track as well as exclusive access to football talent at the top of their game.’
Jaimie D’Cruz, executive producer and acme films creative director added: ‘We’ve come a long way from the lad culture of ’96 and now live in a nation where our young ballers and rappers represent the very best of us: Krept and Konan are what national pride look like and sound like in 2021.’
Three Lions remains the most iconic England football anthem to date and reached number one when it was released in 1996. It then returned to the top spot in 2018 when England came desperately close to going through the World Cup semi-finals, only to fall at the last hurdle losing 2-1.
Still, Three Lions saved the nation’s spirit and kept us all united in song.
Krept and Konan: We Are England will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer from June.