Euro 2020: Why Scotland’s football players sing Flower of Scotland

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    Scotland’s sports stars belting out the Flower of Scotland is a rousing sight but it is also a relatively new phenomenon.

    Being part of the United Kingdom makes Scotland’s official national anthem God Save the Queen – the same as England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    But many in Scots find God Save the Queen unpalatable especially a verse added around 1745 referring to “crushing” the “rebellious” Scots.

    The Flower of Scotland was formally adopted by Scotland’s football team in 1997, having been sung by their rugby union counterparts since 1990.

    The lyrics are a reference to the victory by Robert the Bruce over Edward II’s English army at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

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