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Bono ball Ireland to have some representation at Euro 2020 after U2 release official tournament anthem

Recorded in London, the video also features one of the most iconic moments in Irish soccer history.

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The Republic of Ireland soccer team may be missing from the Euro 2020 finals this summer and Dublin has lost the right to stage matches, but there will be some Irish representation in the tournament after all.

U2 icons Bono and The Edge have teamed up with Martin Garrix for the tournament's official anthem, with the We Are The People giving it's first airing in a new video.

Recorded in London, the video also features one of the most iconic moments in Irish soccer history, with Jason McAteer's famous goal in the World Cup qualifier against Holland in 2001 recreated by the man himself.

U2 played their legendary set at Slane Castle on the same day as McAteer scored his goal at the old Lansdowne Road, with Bono wrapping himself in a tricolour and declaring: imagine you are Jason McAteer.

That scene was also recreated by McAteer, who went out onto Leyton Orient's stadium in his Ireland jersey to replay the glorious moment from 20 years ago.

Garrix, the world-renowned DJ and producer behind hits such as Animals, In the Name Of Love and Scared to Be Lonely, has also produced the official walk-out and broadcast music for the tournament.

Garrix’s vision for We Are The People came to life when both Bono and The Edge agreed to feature on the song.

The collaboration evolved further with Bono writing the lyrics and creating melodies and The Edge adding the leading guitar riffs, resulting in a perfect blend of the signature sounds of each artist.

"Creating the music for one of the biggest sports events in the world together with Bono and The Edge has been an incredible experience," said Garrix. "I'm very proud of what we did together and excited to finally share it with the world!"

You can watch the anthem here and compared to most songs associated with football down the years, this is classier offering:

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