A former soldier has recorded a World Cup song for the England football team.
Colin Budden, from Wilbarston, has compiled Bring it Home with a jaunty chorus imploring Roy Hodgson’s boys to defy the odds and win the trophy for the first time since 1966.
The 54-year-old will also be donating money made from the single to the injured soldiers’ charity, Help for Heroes.
Mr Budden – who is going by his nickname Bud for the recording – is no stranger to fundraising challenges.
He is a multiple marathon runner for deserving causes and featured in the Mail in 2007 when he ran the London Marathon for charity.
He has also completed the Great North Run just three months after recovering from a stomach cancer operation which saw 80 per cent of his stomach removed.
The member of the Corby & Kettering Man Utd Supporters’ Club thinks England could go all the way.
He said: “A lot of people are playing down their chances, but if you can get out of the group stages, anything can happen.”
The single was recorded at Deadline Studios in Leicester on April 4 after five hours of tinkering with instruments, chants and clapping.
Mr Budden, who only started learning to play the guitar at Nevill Holt’s The Hideout studio last year, says the chorus is based on the upbeat chants of the terraces.
“When I first started playing at home, my wife Yvonne would ask me to shut the door,” joked Mr Budden.
He is choosing to support Help for Heroes as he was a soldier in the Queens Division for 17 years.
He served in places such as Northern Ireland, Germany and Cyprus and retired as a Sergeant with expertise in advanced weapons training in September 1992.
He is now a sales manager for franchise networks for the Etyres firm.
Musically, Mr Budden told the Mail his favourite acts are Simply Red, The Drifters and various Motown numbers.
Mr Budden said he is hoping the song’s popularity can snowball online and is urging Harborough area people to help promote it on Facebook and Twitter.
And if good omens are anything to go by, Mr Budden was born on the day England last won the World Cup – July 30, 1966.