Singing plumber Paul Ballington has tapped into football fever – recording his own England World Cup song and music video to cheer the Three Lions on to victory in Brazil, writes Graham Walker.
The 36-year-old father-of-two has swapped his plunger for a plectrum and cajoled his family and friends into helping make his own dream goal come true.
He has put the song on iTunes and Amazon in a bid to get it to number one.
Paul, of Throapham, near Dinnington, produced England in Brazil with help from friends Lee West and Danny Austin Taylor, in Laughton.
It features his children Thomas and Lana and pal Sam Austin Taylor, a young lad who features throughout the music video.
The video has had thousands of views on YouTube and has been shared on Twitter by the likes of ex-England international Carlton Palmer, and the song is already getting radio play.
Paul, who attended Dinnington Comprehensive School, bought his first guitar in his twenties and he has been writing songs for special occasions ever since.
“England has not had a decent World Cup song since the Three Lions in 1996,” said Paul.
“The reaction so far has been really good.
“I always had a feeling right from the start it could take off. The idea was to give it that Brazilian and samba feel.
“I am hopeful that with a month to go until the World Cup it can get even bigger as we get closer.
“It has been played on BBC Radio 5 Live, and on Kiss FM in Portugal, of all places. My dad lives over there so I think he sent it to them!
“The song itself did not take that long to put together - after I had got down a few lines the rest just followed.
“The only down side is that I have lyrics relating to Ashley Cole and Andros Townsend in there, but they are not in the squad.
“England has some great young talent coming through and combined with the experience of players such as Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, we could have the makings of a strong team.
“It has been 48 years since we last won the World Cup in 1966 so, who knows, maybe this year it’s our time!”
Paul added: “I love singing and making people laugh and hopefully the light-hearted lyrics will put a smile on people’s faces as they support the boys.
“Everyone loves getting behind England in the World Cup so I just wanted to capture that spirit and hopefully create an anthem.”
Paul previously put together a Christmas song for PACT – the Parents Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia – which raised money to take children from Sheffield Children’s Hospital to Sundown Adventure Land for the day.
“The Christmas song sort of put me on the map,” said Paul.
“My first song was called Ten Pints of Carling and that got a lot of hits on YouTube.
“I also produced a song for a best man’s speech for one of my friends’ weddings, which went down really well.”
The song can be purchased on iTunes and from Amazon at 79p.