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A retired football coach who can't hear music is hoping his World Cup song will be sung out across the terraces and spur England onto victory.
Deaf Tom Cunningham, 76, wants to be inspire both players and fans when all eyes fall on South Africa in June for the global football tournament.
Mr Cunningham, who moved to Central Parade, Herne Bay six years ago, once counted the likes of World Cup winning England captain Bobby Moore, ex-England manager Ron Greenwood and the former Coventry City manager Dave Sexton as friends.
"They were great people, who would move the earth to do something for charity and they have helped inspire me to write the song," he said.
"I like singing and I love football, I used to run a boys club and gave many of boys a chance to become professionals today.
"A good World Cup song can do magic for the players, and when the crowd is singing it, it can make the hair on the back of their necks stand on end. It makes them want pass and want to win and that is what it's all about.
"It is like a love song between the person singing it and the players."
Mr Cunningham, who has never written a football song before, is keeping his lyrics under lock and key until the winner of the KM Group's, Song for England competition is announced.
The contest to write likeable lyrics and make the three lions roar is helping to raise cash Demelza House.
"It is a brilliant charity and I would do anything to help them," added Mr Cunningham.
"I don't have any World Cup predictions. I think England have got a good chance but they need my song and crowd singing it to go on and win.
"I can't hear music and need to have hearing aids, but I keep on trying.
"When you love something like football or sport it is very hard to ignore it, and like the famous saying goes 'football is the greatest game on earth'."
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