The football association has given its seal of approval for alternative rockers JJ72 to write the official single to power England’s assault on this summer’s World Cup.

The decision was explained in a brief statement from the FA.

“We recognise that in the past we have escalated anticipation and hope beyond what is reasonable for the England team by approving happy, bouncy singalong numbers.

“Ultimately this has added pressure on the lads, which has contributed to the familiar flops and disappointments over the years.

“We think that JJ72 is the answer to that problem.”

Known for their depressing, wailing and directionless pop-rock ballads, JJ72 experienced moderate success in the early noughties before disappointing what was left of their fan base by splitting up.

The FA has managed to persuade them back into the recording studio, and see their brand of music as the perfect model for galvanising ‘moderate and realistic support for England during the summer tournament’.

In an early review of It Might (Not) Be Our Time, NME described the 8-minute ballad as a “lamenting, minor key slog of reflection…the anthem of our age.”

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