The Spice Girls’ debut single Wannabe was released a week after the Euro 96 final

This summer, we’re going back in time to Euro 96.

It was 24 years ago – before some of you were even born. So how different was life in the UK back then?

In a sense, it’s a rigged question, considering how much life has turned upside down in the last three months alone, never mind the last 24 years.

For a start, there was actually a European Football Championship tournament to be played at all. And, even better, England were hosting, with Scotland along for the ride too.

We’ll be watching it on TV this summer, as we wait to hear more about when it may be safe for domestic and international football to resume.

There were many other differences too, though. We’ve gone through some of the major transformations below.

The ‘chart football song’ was still a thing

Football influencers in 1996

When was the last time we had a good tournament song?

1996 was a moment in British history where guitar music, football, terrace fashion and the glorification of lager seemed to meet at a cultural interface. As a shorthand, you might call it “Cool Britannia” and, basically, what it did was offer a pretext for men and women all over the country – from Aberdeen to Stevenage – to wear football shirts as fashion items and swagger about like Liam Gallagher.

Out of that heady mix was born the England team’s official tournament song Three Lions, written and performed by Lightning Seeds frontman Ian Broudie together with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner (for the unfamiliar, think of them as a pre-digital age Poet and Vuj).

‘Cause I remember

Three Lions on a shirt

Jules Rimet still gleaming

Thirty years of hurt

Never stopped me dreaming

Those words contain the anguished, battle-weary, optimistic hopes of a nation.

Ultimately, we know how that story ended. Football didn’t come home. Or did it? Was it worth it for the craic? More on that later.

Hardly anyone had a mobile and, if they did, it looked like this

A snazzy piece of kit

According to Statista,