England to Have Soccer Anthem From "God Save the Queen"

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    Jan 14, 2016 3:06 AM GMT

    NYT: For two centuries the national anthem here has been a somber plea for the monarch’s longevity, and “God Save the Queen” is routinely sung as England’s sports teams line up for international matches.

    But now the anthem, and not just the sovereign, may be in need of saving.

    On Wednesday, lawmakers agreed to debate in March a bill that, while not scrapping “God Save the Queen,” would create another anthem to be played before England’s teams take on foreign rivals.

    Supporters of the move argue that “God Save the Queen” is the national anthem for the United Kingdom and for Britain, of which England is just one part. While Scotland and Wales, which field their own soccer and rugby teams, have their own anthems, England does not.

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    Jan 14, 2016 10:51 AM GMT
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    Jan 14, 2016 10:54 PM GMT

    I'm not even sure that ''god save the queen'' is the official anthem of Britain, didn't check it ,but i think its [like always in their history] a matter of costume,common law ect...