Ed Sheeran reveals England players gathered in a huddle to sing Three Lions during his concert at St George’s Park… as the singer-songwriter says Gareth Southgate’s side were ‘pumped up’ to face Germany
Ed Sheeran has revealed he gathered the England players in a huddle for a rendition of Three Lions at the end of his intimate gig at their team BBQ at St George’s Park.
The singer-songwriter was invited to England’s training base to play a few songs on the players’ day off following their 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic.
Speaking on Crouchy’s Year-Late Euros: Live, Sheeran said he started off playing a few of his own songs before performing Robbie Williams’ Angels, with Baddiel and Skinner’s hit Euro 96 song closed the night.
Ed Sheeran has revealed how the England players gathered in a huddle to sing Three Lions together at the end of his concert at St George’s Park
After the concert, Gareth Southgate’s side went on to beat Germany 2-0 in their last 16 fixture
‘We ended the night obviously singing it’s coming home together,’ he said.
Sportsmail columnist Peter Crouch then asked: ‘Was everyone involved?’
Sheeran replied: ‘Yeah, we ended the night, in a circle, all hands around.
‘For me, just as an English boy, being in the centre of the England team, it was really great. I’ve had many amazing moments in my life but I don’t think there’s many that will top that.’
England captain Harry Kane invited the singer-songwriter to perform at the team BBQ
It was England captain Harry Kane who invited Sheeran to perform and the singer also revealed that the players were full of confidence when they found out they would be facing Germany.
‘I got a message from Harry Kane maybe like two months ago being like “we get one day off after the qualifiers, will you come and play the team BBQ?”. Obviously it was a yes.
‘It was really, really great meeting them, they were pumped up.
‘But what I loved – they were watching the game and it was France, Portugal, Germany and Hungary. At one point they were playing Hungary, at one point they were playing Portugal at one point they were playing France.
‘As soon as the Germany result happened, they were just like “we’ve got this”. There was no “oh my god we’re playing Germany”, there was such confidence, I loved it.’
Sheeran, an Ipswich Town fan, said the players were confident when they found out they would be facing Germany
The 30-year-old, who supports League One club Ipswich Town, was at Wembley to watch the Three Lions’ 0-0 draw with Scotland.
But he was also in the stands alongside David Beckham to see England beat the Germans 2-0 on Tuesday.
Southgate’s side will play Ukraine in the quarter-final on Saturday as they look to get to the semi-finals of the competition for the first time sine Euro 96.