VUVUZELAS watch out - the England Supporters' Band's about!
The band have declared a "battle of the 12th man" today as the musicians vowed to beat the vuvuzela.
The brass orchestra, which has not missed an England game home or away since 1996, promised "the band will play on" despite the din of the South African horns.
Trumpeteer John Hemmingham, who is leading an eight-man team, said the plastic instruments were part of the local culture and should not be banned from inside stadiums.
Mr Hemmingham, from Sheffield, said the vuvuzelas would be a memorable feature of this World Cup and were overall a "good thing".
Some broadcasters and players have complained about the noise of the vuvuzelas and there have even been calls for a ban.
But Mr Hemmingham said: "It’s the way the South Africans express their joy and pleasure at the tournament being here.
"It’s certainly a challenge for us but there’s no point winging about it."
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After England took on the US in Rustenburg on Saturday, football pundit Chris Kamara complained the noise was stopping fans from generating chants around the ground.
But Mr Hemmingham said: "We didn’t have any problem. The fans around us were all singing along. And a lot of our fans were joining in with us using their vuvuzelas. It all added to the atmosphere.
"There was definitely a different vibe about the place.
"The South Africans are loving it. And when in Rome, you just have to go along with it.
"I bet there is not a single South African player complaining about the vuvuzela. They see it as more than just a noise, it’s about the whole spirit of the thing."
He added: "They have certainly created a great new market in ear plugs."
Travelling England fans are subjected to the vuvuzela not just at the stadiums but also around town, early in the morning and late at night.
Mr Hemmingham said: "You hear them when you land at the airport, you hear them in the shopping malls, and the streets are full of them - it’s a 24-hour a day experience."
Local organisers of this summer’s World Cup have again called on critics of the vuvuzela to "embrace it", insisting it is here to stay.
The noise from the trumpet-like plastic horn has been likened to a herd of stampeding elephants or the drone of a thousand bees, which has left many foreigners at the finals annoyed.
The issue has been raised several times in recent days and again came to the fore when organising chief CEO Danny Jordaan spoke of the possibility of banning vuvuzelas from inside stadiums.
But Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief communications officer, Rich Mkhondo, said: "The CEO’s quotes were taken out of context in that they didn’t actually report the qualification which he gave. Those qualifications include if people misuse the vuvuzelas for other purposes.
"What he said yesterday is what he said in June last year - a year ago now.
"During the Confederations Cup, similar concerns were raised and we did say that vuvuzelas characterise in 2010 the FIFA Wold Cup in South Africa."
Mkhondo added there was no chance of barring the plastic horn from stadia, adding: "Vuvuzelas are here to stay and will never be banned.
"It’s part of our culture, so embrace it."