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Rik Mayall's lost World Cup anthem expected to chart high in the U.K.

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Jun 11, 2014 | 7:48pm EDT

A lost World Cup anthem recorded by late comedian Rik Mayall is expected to enter Britain's pop charts this coming weekend (ends15Jun14) thanks to a social media campaign launched by fans. The funnyman, who starred in cult 1991 film Drop Dead Fred, recorded Noble England for the nation's 2010 World Cup campaign, but it failed to make a dent on the U.K. Top 40. But bosses at the Official Charts Company have confirmed the track is a surefire hit the second time around - thanks to fans responding to Mayall's sudden death on Monday (09Jun14). Noble England was sitting at number 38 on the new chart a day after the campaign was launched, and it is expected to enter the countdown much higher. The track could become the unofficial anthem for the England team as they compete in the World Cup in Brazil. The squad doesn't have an 2014 tournament anthem, although Lily Allen has released one track and her actor dad Keith has re-released his soccer tune Vindaloo.

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