England singing slated as ‘tone deaf’ players mumble anthem before Wales clash

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England supporters have called out the lacklustre manner in which the national anthem was sung.

Due to the lack of spectators at Wembley, the players and staff could be heard as they sung God Save the Queen before their friendly clash against Wales under Gareth Southgate.

Social media users were quick to question the way the anthem was sung by the likes of Nick Pope, Kieran Tripper and even Southgate himself – with most suggesting that it was tone deaf and miserable.

The tones have been compared to spirited renditions of Stuart Pearce, Tony Adams and Paul Gascoigne in the past.

One supporter wrote: “International football without crowds just shows how terrible and unenthusiastic some players are singing the national anthem.”

With another adding: “What a pathetic singing of the national anthem that was! Glad I grew up watching shearer Pearce Adams Gazza ect. Proper England players.”

A third laughed: “Corr that tickled me being able to hear how tone deaf the England team are singing the anthem.”

With a fourth concluding: “The England squad singing the national anthem, without a crowd drowning then out, is another thing to damage our shields.”

The spirit of the England squad might have been impacted by the recent mistakes made by a series of players – mistakes which Southgate thinks could harm their chances of European Championship glory.

He said earlier this week: "When these incidents happen, it takes a lot of time and energy away from the team. We can't afford that.

"When you're going into major tournaments with these sorts of incidents, they can derail you. I've seen that in the past.

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"You (the newspapers) are always going to write openly and honestly about performances – and if that's not been good then no-one enjoys reading that about themselves.

"But we have to accept that. We give opportunities to the areas and types of stories that can grow legs and if we have the types of things like we've had in the last couple of camps then we give opportunity for those sorts of stories to be written.

"So we have to try and give ourselves the best chance to perform. The key is to keep improving the team and part of that is educating the players for them to learn quickly, focusing on what our team culture needs to be and what we are prepared to stand for."

  • England Football Team
  • Gareth Southgate
  • The FA
  • Paul Gascoigne
  • Queen
  • ITV

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