Duran Duran to record soccer song

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 May 2010
Duran Duran

Duran Duran

Duran Duran are set to team up with defender Rio Ferdinand to record an unofficial World Cup song for the England soccer team

Duran Duran are set to record an unofficial World Cup song for the England soccer team.

The group - made up of Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor - have approached the team's captain, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, to team up with them on a new version of their hit 'Rio'.

A source said: "Simon and Rio are old mates. Rio got Simon and the band along to a behind-closed-doors session at the Man United training ground to see the lads go through their paces and even introduced them to manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

"No one's released a serious World Cup song this year and Duran Duran, with millions of fans, would be guaranteed a hit if they stepped up to the plate."

Super-producer Mark Ronson is also said to be keen to work on the track, to give it a more up-to-date feel.

The source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Mark Ronson has been in touch and would be up for remastering it, as has Nick Hodgson from the Kaiser Chiefs. Rio fancies himself as a singer. It'd be fantastic if they can find the time to get into the studio."

The English FA have decided not to have an official song this year - the first time since 1966 - but fans are demanding a track.

Other stars to have recorded tracks for the England squad include New Order, Baddiel and Skinner and the Lightning Seeds and Embrace.

Duran Duran

The foppish 80s yacht-botherers return for their first full UK tour in seven years (although true fans will still be drying out their shoulder pads following their rain-soaked appearance at Edinburgh Castle in 2009), with a new album to punt.

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