Wayne Rooney has been criticised by Bob Peedle, Vice Chairman for Royal Society of St George, for not singing the British national anthem:
“The England footballer does not show the patriotism that I see from other players.
“I can only assume that he does not know the words to the anthem and is just not prepared to learn them.<
“He just stands there stern faced. He sticks-out like a saw thumb and he is setting a bad example to the young people who idolise him.
“In America, every morning in school assembly they stand with the hand on their hearts and sing their anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.
“It is about time we started doing that in this country and then people like Wayne Rooney would know the anthem as second nature.
“I imagine Rooney has never been taught the words and does not know their significance.
“He can’t be embarrassed about his singing voice. He could take a leaf out of the book of the England Rugby team who really sing the anthem with a passion.
“He should learn the anthem and not just because he represents English football but because it is the duty of every Englishman to sing the anthem.
“I’d like to see him know the word of God Save The Queen by St George’s day and I would be very happy to teach him.”
Meanwhile the Dean of Southwark Cathederal has banned the hymn Jerusalem for being ‘too nationalistic’. If Wayne Rooney and the lads sang it instead of remaining silent during God Save the Queen I might well agree.
Astonishingly the Telegraph informs us that Jerusalem is the favourite hymn of Gordon Brown.