British funnyman Russell Brand was overcome with emotion while recording a new version of English sporting anthem THREE LIONS - insisting he "nearly cried" as he sang the soccer song.
Rockers The Lightning Seeds provided one of the U.K.'s most popular soccer anthems in 1996 when they released the track, which makes a string of nostalgic references to England's famous victory in the 1966 World Cup.
Brand has teamed up with former Take That star Robbie Williams to add their vocals to a new version of the song, to be released to coincide with the next soccer World Cup in South Africa next month (Jun10).
And the comic admits he is proud to have been part of such a monumental recording.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "I was embarrassed by how emotional I felt singing this song. I nearly cried... It's the only good England song and I look forward to singing it as we crash out on penalties. Then I will be crying."
Williams adds, "I've always been approached to write football songs but have declined as I thought Three Lions could never be beaten."