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13 June 2014

Actor and comedian Rik Mayall sadly passed away this Monday 9th June 2014, aged just 56. The cause of death is not yet officially known but Rik's wife has said that he died of "an acute cardiac event" following a morning run.

Rik Mayall starred in 'The Young Ones', Blackadder', 'The New Statesman' and 'Bottom' as well as the comedy films 'Drop Dead Fred' and 'Guest House Paradiso'.

And just days after Rik's death, the actor looks set to storm the UK Top 10 with his unofficial "lost" World Cup anthem, 'Noble England'.

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Unlike in previous years, there is no official England World Cup 2014 anthem. Gary Barlow's 'Greatest Day' was chosen as the official song but was quietly dropped by the FA due to his tax evasion scandal.

Monty Python have released an updated version of their song, 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life', as an unofficial contender but 'Noble England' looks like the one that is going to be adopted by England fans.

Overnight 'Noble England' has jumped 27 chart places and is currently number 11. Similar progress would mean that it could reach the top spot by Sunday when the official chart announcement is made.

Mayall recorded the track ahead of the 2010 World Cup but it did not make an impact during the South African tournament, however self-styled "charts hijacker" Jon Morter, who was responsbile for getting Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing In The Name Of' to knock X Factor winner Joe McElderry off the top spot at Christmas 2009, is attempting to do the same for 'Noble England' in tribute to Mayall.

The Official Charts Company reported on Wednesday that 'Noble England' entered the mid-week charts at number 38 and "is expected to shoot up as the week continues".

The song has also topped the charts as the most downloaded England song of the year, leaving 'All Together Now' by The Farm in second place and 1996 anthem 'Three Lions' in third.

Downloading a copy of the song will help propel Rik to number one and you can do so by clicking here.


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