Robbie Williams, Russell Brand feature on footie anthem 3 Lions

Updated: May 14, 2010, 17:47 PM IST

London: The traditional football anthem ‘ 3 Lions’ is undergoing a revamp and Robbie Williams and Russell Brand have been unveiled as stars of the team for a reboot of the anthem.

The duo have joined the song`s original team of Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds - plus a choir and soprano - to recreate the song for a third time. They will be joined by commentator John Motson.

The original anthem is undergoing a change, as there’s no official track for the upcoming World Cup finals in South Africa.

Producer Trevor Horn masterminded the new version and recorded a full orchestra plus singers from the Official England Supporters Club at Abbey Road Studios.

Instead of the crowd noises of old - and the terrace chant of "It`s coming home" - at the start, the song now begins with a classical approach led by soprano Olivia Safe.

"I`ve always been approached to write football songs but have always declined as I thought 3 Lions could never be beaten - so I am really happy to be part of this record.

"I am counting down the days until the start of the World Cup," The Daily Express quoted Williams as saying.