World Cup: Mason Mount sang ‘God Save Our QUEEN’ during England National Anthem

‘Who’s going to tell him?’: Eagle-eyed England fans claim Mason Mount sang ‘God Save Our Gracious QUEEN’ during National Anthem before first match with Iran in Qatar World Cup

Footballer Mason Mount appeared to sing ‘God save our gracious Queen’ during the opening moments of England’s first World Cup match against Iran in Qatar. 

During the traditional anthem singing, the 23-year-old seemed to have forgotten the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8. 

The Chelsea player, who was played today ahead of Phil Foden in England’s World Cup opener against Iran, sang ‘God save our gracious Queen’.  

The lyrics to the national anthem changed when King Charles ascended to the throne after the death of his mother.  

Users on social media were quick to point out the footballer’s understandable mistake, as the correct lyric is now: ‘God save our gracious King’. 

Social media users were quick to point out the Chelsea and England player's mistake during the national anthem. England are playing their first World Cup match against Iran this afternoon

Social media users were quick to point out the Chelsea and England player’s mistake during the national anthem. England are playing their first World Cup match against Iran this afternoon

England are playing their first game in the World Cup this afternoon against Iran. 

They are in a competitive draw in Group B with all the teams in their group ranked in FIFA’s top 20. 

England will play the U.S. on Friday and Wales on November 29.  

What is the national anthem and what are the lyrics?  

The lyrics to the national anthem, ‘God Save The King’ changed as a result of the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8. 

Only the first verse of the anthem is typically sung before large sporting events, but there are five verses.

The traditional first verse is: 

God save our gracious King,

Long live our noble King,

God save the King!

Send him victorious,

Happy and glorious,

Long to reign over us,

God save the King!

The composer of the anthem is unknown but it was adopted as a national anthem in 1745 during the reign of George II.

The original lyrics were different and included monarch’s names but this was changed when it was realised that ‘Victoria’ didn’t fit.  

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