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Mayall hits the charts with Noble England

THE late comic Rik Mayall's 2010 Word Cup song Noble England has gone straight into the top 10 of the UK's official singles chart.

The track, which was originally recorded for the last World Cup, failed to chart first time around, but thanks to a social media campaign set up in Mayall's memory, it has now gone in at number seven.

Mayall, who died suddenly at the age of 56 last Monday, said of the track in 2010: "Football chants are one of the great traditions of following football, and Shakespeare is also part of our national heritage. It seemed only natural that they should go together.

"I'm doing my bit, just like every other Englishman."

The campaign to get the song into the charts was kicked off by Jon Morter, the man behind Rage Against The Machine's victory over X Factor winner Joe McElderry in the 2009 Christmas number one race, the Official Charts Company said.

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