EMBRACE have been chosen to record the official England World Cup song, it was announced today.
After months of speculation, the band from Brighouse were unveiled as the choice of the Football Association.
The anthem will be called World At Your Feet and demos have already been recorded.
Embrace's lead singer Danny McNamara said: "The band can't wait to get into the studio and record the new track.
"We think we've got a really good song and hopefully it will repeat the success of previous songs such as New Order's World In Motion.
"Whenever England do well in a major tournament it makes you feel really proud.
"I remember the last time England were on a roll it seemed like every other house had a Union Jack hanging outside, even people not normally bothered about football were inspired by the team doing so well."
But there is already controversy about the decision over the song - which hopefully will herald the success of England in the World Cup with football stars including Wayne Rooney and David Beckham.
Bookmakers claim a "sting" was in operation with heavy bets being placed on the band.
A spokesman for William Hill said: "This was definitely a co-ordinated coup which will cost us thousands.
"All the shops targeted were in the Yorkshire area."
The gamblers included a man in his 30s who tried to place £2,000 on Embrace. Betting office staff allowed him to place only £100 at 4-1.
Everyone from the Kaiser Chiefs to Tony Christie had been linked to the job.
FA marketing manager Tom Harold said: "With only 75 days to go until England's first game against Paraguay, everybody has been asking who will get the gig.
"We'd like to think we've pulled off something of a coup by bagging such a great band and keeping it secret - until now."
He added: "The official World Cup song has become something of an institution and it is important that we have an original and exciting track.
"We're confident that Embrace's song will capture the imagination of the fans and players alike."
The FA had been inundated with entries from record companies, artists and members of the public hoping to land the gig, he said.
Embrace had their first top 10 hit in 1997 with All You Good Good People, followed by Come Back To What You Know in 1998.
Their debut album The Good Will Out went to number one and their success continued until the third album flopped.
Written off in some quarters of the music industry, they made a comeback in 2004 with the critically acclaimed album Out Of Nothing, which topped the chart.
Fifth album This New Day was released yesterday and current single Nature's Law is at number two in the chart.
The FA negotiated the deal with Embrace's record label Independiente and publisher EMI.
Melanie Johnson, EMI Music Publishing's promotions manager, said: "I'm a huge fan of Embrace and felt strongly that the band had it in them to meet the challenge of delivering England's World Cup song.
"Their music has an uplifting, anthemic feel which will capture the spirit of the occasion."
New Order's World In Motion, recorded for Italia '90, remains the gold standard for England World Cup songs.
Three Lions by Baddiel and Skinner is also an enduring anthem, recorded for Euro '96 and re-released for the 1998 World Cup campaign in France.