Quiz! Can you guess every word of the John Barnes rap from World In Motion in order?

England World Cup Squad in the recording studio after joining music group New Order to record a World Cup Song ahead of the finals in Italy later this year, pictured 25th March 1990. The song will be called World In Motion. Recording studio in Berkshire Steve McMahon Chris Waddle Peter Beardsley John Barnes Des Walker.
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You have 10 minutes to pick 85 words.

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Some believe that it's the greatest football song ever. Others believe it's up there with the greatest songs, football-related or otherwise. 

When New Order recorded World In Motion with the England squad ahead of the 1990 World Cup, they probably didn't realise what a monster they'd created. A hit that would become synonymous with that halcyon summer.

Three Lions is good – is this one better? Well, for one – it features an iconic rap verse from then-Liverpool wing wizard John Barnes. 

You must know the words – you might even just know it from Gavin and Stacey. All you have to do is recount to us the rap word for word. 


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Mark White
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.