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Colombia pop star Shakira to sing World Cup anthem

Shakira has sold more than 50m albums worldwide

A song by Colombian pop star Shakira and South African band Freshlyground has been chosen as the official anthem of this summer's World Cup.

The song, Time for Africa, is expected to be released to radio stations from next week and will be available for download from 26 April.

Shakira and Freshlyground will perform the song at the pre-tournament Kick-Off concert in Soweto on 10 June.

It will also be sung at the opening ceremony and at the final on 11 July.

The Football Association announced in January that, for the first time since 1966, there will be no official song to mark England's campaign in South Africa.

According to an FA spokesman, the England management "want to be fully focused on the football".

Several unofficial anthems are in the pipeline, including a reprisal by John Barnes of his infamous rap from the 1990 England World Cup anthem World in Motion by New Order.


Former Liverpool and England forward Barnes will feature in a re-recording of the song for a TV advertisement.

England's last official World Cup song, World At Your Feet by Embrace, charted at number three in 2006, while there were also efforts the same year from Tony Christie and Crazy Frog.

The previous effort, We're on the ball, in 2002 was recorded by TV presenters Ant and Dec.

In 1998, The Spice Girls sang (How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of The World, written by Echo and the Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch.

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