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Sheep flock to support England
Alan Sheep Shearer
Footballing sheep hope to inspire the England team
Sheep in the Lake District are swapping the green grass of home for the football field in a bid to bleat England to World Cup success.

Cumbria's "Baarmy Sheep" were recorded baa-ing in the fields and filmed playing football in the Lake District.

The result is a version of Land Of Hope And Glory they hope will inspire Beckham and the boys to victory.

The release follows the official England World Cup song by Embrace and Crazy Frog's version of "Ole Ole Ole".

Along with the song, there is also a pop video which depicts the first ever football match between sheep.

Sheep anthem

A spokesman for the Cumbria Tourist Board, the brains behind the woolly campaign, said: "Every football fan has heard of three lions.... well this is three lambs!

"We hope this sheep single and video puts a much-needed smile on the face of football fans and the England team.

"We are sure the sheep anthem will give the fans something to sing about on the world stage while the inspiring scenery and hilarious video will help relax the players and motivate them to achieve great things on the pitch."

The single was created by Charley Darbeyshire and the video was shot on location throughout Cumbria and the Lake District in a bid to promote the area.

The Baarmy Sheep have already released two singles and videos - Jerusalem and Jingle Bells and all three are available on the Cumbria Tourist Board's website.

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