John Barnes to rap for Mars World Cup campaign


"You've got to hold and give but do it at the right time, you can be slow or fast but you must get to the line; They'll always hit you and hurt you - defend and attack; There's only one way to beat them -get round the back; So catch me if you can 'cause I'm the England man...".

You know the score. That rap, along with the rest of EnglandNewOrder's 'World In Motion', like the opening verses and chorus of 'Three Lions', is now part of the DNA of any England football fan.

Now, twenty years after John Barnes rapped about having three lions on his chest (not including his 'Anfield Rap' stint of course) he's going to reprise his role for Mars in an ad campaign for TV.

Barnes will feature in a re-recording of the track which will air next month and, not only that, but Mars is also launching a competition to give members of the public the chance to appear in the ad.

The campaign will see a 30-second commercial on our tellies and a longer, minute-long version appearing online at

Of course, it isn't the first time Barnesy has flirted with the world of marketing. Let's have a look at his stint saying, "It's Isotonic" whilst kicking a tin can in a bin. Let's just hope that this new version of the  track doesn't have awful reworked lyrics (not that New Order would allow that... not at all... if you click here, you'll see just how not prone they are)



  • Klingelton
    i actually couldn't care less. 1966 - england didn't have an anthem and we won the fecking thing. maybe this year we should repeat that and maybe we might win. Alternatively - monkies might fly out of my arse.
  • Klingelton
    hang on - aside from the national anthem that is... how rediculous does that sentence sound!
  • Ian
    No need to be racist.
  • Klingelton
    um, racist against monkies? they were a great manufactured pop band from the 60's weren't they...
  • Nobby
    His rapping is a better performance than his England career, although that is saying fuck all. One good goal in a friendly. Was there anything else?

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