'The FA will never accept that!' Hidden innuendo and anarchy behind England's 1990 World Cup smash World In Motion

John Barnes (centre) in the recording studio alongside Peter Beardsley and Des Walker for the recording of England's World Cup song with New Order in 1990.
Peter Beardsley, John Barnes and Des Walker recording World In Motion (Image credit: Getty Images)

Comedian Keith Allen has explained the not-so-hidden double meaning behind the iconic John Barnes rap on 1990 World Cup hit World In Motion and the anarchic recording process that somehow gave New Order their first number-one hit.

Speaking on Season 2 of the podcast Transmissions: The Definitive Story Of Joy Division And New Order, Allen explained that he had been tasked with contributing lyrics to the song to inject a bit of 'lightness' to the Manchester band’s music. 

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Steven Chicken

Steven Chicken has been working as a football writer since 2009, taking in stints with Football365 and the Huddersfield Examiner. Steven still covers Huddersfield Town home and away for his own publication, WeAreTerriers.com. Steven is a two-time nominee for Regional Journalist of the Year at the prestigious British Sports Journalism Awards, making the shortlist in 2020 and 2023.