British rockers James were quietly hoping English soccer officials would ask them to record the team's 2014 World Cup anthem after their songs Come Home and Sit Down hit the top of a new poll of unofficial terrace tunes.
The band even included a soccer-themed song, name-checking singer Tim Booth's sports hero Lionel Messi, on its new album, La Petit Mort, but the Football Association executives opted not to record an official anthem this year (14).
Booth tells Wenn, "We were hoping Curse Curse might get picked up, but it didn't. We thought we were in with a chance because Come Home was just voted the best soccer anthem to ever come out of Manchester (England), and Sit Down is sung at many clubs."
But Booth admits it's perhaps just as well James didn't get asked to create a soccer song - because he tried it once before with terrible results: "We tried very badly around (album) Laid, I changed the lyrics to a song and it was just appalling."
And the singer, who grew up an ardent Leeds United fan, reveals he's not a big fan of English soccer: "I tend to watch Barcelona now. I love Messi.
"I wanted Argentina to win the World Cup and I wanted Messi to score and be hailed the best player in the world. Once the Germans scored in extra time in the final, I turned off. I was out of that game."