FABIO Capello, Steven Gerrard and the rest of the England World Cup squad may not have an official anthem to take with them to South Africa this summer.

But if Christchurch band State of Undress gets its way, England fans will be singing their song This Time England all the way from the first game against the USA at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on June 12 to a victorious final at Soccer City, Johannesburg on July 11.

Charlie Rose, husband Alan and the rest of the “rocky, rootsie, fiddlesome band” whipped up a massive amount of interest and got a rousing crowd of backing singers behind them on the pitch at Christchurch Football Club’s ground at Hurn Bridge.

“When the FA announced there was not going to be an official World Cup anthem we said ‘We can’t have that’ and decided to write one,” said Charlie.

She and band co-writer husband decided to utilise one of the band’s regular crowd-pleasers, This Time, and penned a whole set of new words.

Charlie said: “We’re going to release it as a download single for people to buy from about May 1, but the video will be on YouTube and we’ll be sending it out as a CD or DVD to all the media.”