"Plus the Spice Girls was a rubbish record and ours is brilliant," added Donnelly.
McPartlin and Donnelly are no strangers to chart success: they had a string of top ten hits in the early 90s under the guise of PJ and Duncan, their character names in BBC children's series Byker Grove.
"We are really chuffed The FA chose us to write and record the official England World Cup 2002 song," the pair said.
"Obviously our previous crimes against music weren't taken into account when they were passing judgment!"
The fight to sing the official song is always a fierce competition and won credibility in 1990, when it was recorded by New Order.
'World In Motion', featuring the infamous rap by footballer John Barnes, went all the way to number one in the UK.