Rappers Krept and Konan have travelled across the country for inspiration for England’s Euro 2020 anthem.
Following in the footsteps of rapper Dizzee Rascal and comedian David Baddiel, the rap duo star in a BBC Three documentary ‘We Are England’ that follows their journey to create a song that reflects the diversity of the nation.
However, the song hasn’t yet been released or heard despite the Euro’s already starting and England playing their first game beating Croatia 1-0.
The documentary which has already aired explores the changing face of England, its diverse national team, and whether football fans have become more inclusive.
Krept speaking to PA said: “In the documentary, we asked people ‘What’s your definition of England?’ and everybody had different answers.
“Some people are brought up on council estates, some people thought ‘Oh, fish and chips’.
“Everybody’s version of England is different, especially now, considering it’s 2021, everything’s a lot more diverse.”
The duo, who were born and raised in Thornton Heath and Gipsy Hill, met with England manager Gareth Southgate to ask him what elements he would like to see included.
They also had the help from England stars including Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tyrone Mings and Declan Rice when writing the song.
Konan, real names and Karl Wilson, who grew up in Thornton Heath says during the documentary: “No matter who you are or where you’re from, we’re supporting England and the song should unite that as well.”
Growing up in South London, Krept describes their local club, Crystal Palace as a “local support network”.
Krept added: “Being a football fan back in the day, you’d see one or two black players on the pitch, maybe.
“Now our England team has a lot of black players, young black players, and they’re coming from areas that we’re coming from, you know what I mean?
“You can’t even say you’re a fan of it, it’s just a part of your life. As soon as I could walk, I was kicking a football. I had a Man United shirt as a kid. My idols were like [David] Beckham and [Thierry] Henry growing up as a kid, Ronaldo – these are all my superheroes.
“But [Jadon] Sancho’s from Kennington, you know? He’s from down the road from where we’re from. It’s literally one road from Thornton Heath, London Road, all the way to Kennington.
“So I feel like a lot has changed since back in the day, from the fans, to the players. “
Krept and Konan: We Are England is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.