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McCulloch And Marr Song Beat Out Other Brits For U.K. World Cup Theme

A song penned by Echo and the Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has been selected to be the official theme for England's World Cup soccer team.

According to "NME," the song, entitled "(How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of The World," was written by Marr and McCulloch five years ago and beat out tracks submitted by Blur, the Lightning Seeds and Pulp.

The Bunnymen had originally recorded the song for a BBC documentary series on soccer. Plans now call for "On Top Of The World" to be re-recorded, with vocals to be provided by a number of British groups and members of the U.K. soccer team.

World Cup '98 kicks off June 10 in Paris, France.