- Justin Timberlake sent Twitter into meltdown when he leant his support to the England national soccer team ahead of a crucial World Cup semifinal match on Wednesday.
- During his performance at London’s iconic 02 Arena, Timberlake screamed “It’s coming home!” into the microphone — much to the delight of the tens of thousands in attendance.
- Timberlake is currently performing across England as part of his “The Man of the Woods” tour and returns to the 02 Arena on Wednesday — the same night England plays its semifinal match against Croatia.
- Read all of Business Insider’s World Cup coverage here.
Football’s coming home, people. It’s official. Why? Because the king of pop, Justin Timberlake, said so.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup has captivated the attention of soccer fans all over the planet. Not least because of the stunning eliminations of pre-tournament favourites like Germany and Brazil, but also because of the emergence of new superpowers like Croatia and Belgium.
World Cup excitement has reached fever pitch in England. Fans have taken to the streets to celebrate the national team’s performances in Russia, where England has reached a World Cup semifinal for only the third time in the country’s history.
And, ahead of the crucial clash against Croatia on Wednesday, Justin Timberlake offered his support to the national team.
During a performance at London’s iconic 02 Arena, Timberlake whipped his audience into a frenzy by bellowing “It’s… coming… home!” into the microphone.
Watch Justin Timberlake get behind England’s team below:
— The O2 (@TheO2) July 9, 2018
Timberlake’s support for England’s team saw Twitter go wild, and the social media giant even turned it into a moment.
— Charlotte (@charlottetudor2) July 9, 2018
— Tommy Hotspur (@tommyhotspur24) July 10, 2018
— Cameron James Thaws (@cameronthaws) July 10, 2018
The three words have became synonymous with England’s participation in tournament soccer since the UEFA European Championship in 1996, which was held in England accompanied by the tagline: “Football Comes Home.”
British comedy duo Frank Skinner and David Baddiel teamed up with the Lightning Seeds to sing “Three Lions / It’s Coming Home,” a song dedicated to the sport returning to its country of origin.
The song is now used whenever England competes in a European Championship or a World Cup, but has become an oft-used saying this summer as the national team is doing far better than previously expected.
Timberlake is performing across England as part of his “The Man of the Woods” tour.
He returns to London’s 02 Arena on Wednesday — the same evening England plays Croatia in Moscow.