MOSCOW — Gareth Southgate and England are ready to face the music.
No other soccer nation dwells on decades of failure quite like the English. Southgate was so demoralized by his penalty-kick failure against Germany in the 1996 European Championship semifinals, he avoided the Lightning Seeds “Three Lions,” the team’s official song when it hosted the tournament.
Now the song, with its repeated chorus of “football’s coming home,” is a staple again, No. 5 this week on YouTube UK’s top music-videos chart with more than 2 million views on the day of England’s last match.