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Emotional footage of England players passionately singing 'God Save the Queen' at Euro 96

Daniel Marland

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Emotional footage of England players passionately singing 'God Save the Queen' at Euro 96

Footage of the England national team singing 'God Save the Queen' at Euro 96 has re-emerged following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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It was announced on Thursday that the Queen had died peacefully at her royal residence in Balmoral, aged 96.

Tributes from around the world have poured in and one fan decided to share the most passionate rendition of 'God Save the Queen' in sporting history.

England faced Germany at Wembley in a huge semi-final clash and musician Paul Young was drafted in to belt out the anthem.

In all honesty, it wasn't needed. Just check out the video below.

Young started to sing and was immediately drowned out by the capacity crowd and 11 Three Lions with the biggest game of their life ahead of them.

Among those who sung along were current England manager Gareth Southgate, Premier League record goalscorer Alan Shearer and Stuart Pearce, with the latter perhaps the most emotional.

Pearce had played a vital role in Terry Venables' side's penalty shootout victory over Spain in the previous round. It was seen as 'redemption' following his miss in the World Cup semi-final shootout versus Italy six years prior.

Fans have reacted to the clip on social media and they think it's one of the best atmospheres they've ever witnessed at a live game.

One person said: "This is powerful."

Another commented: "Best our anthem has ever sounded or probably ever will sound."

A third tweeted: "It makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up."

While someone put: "You won’t hear any better than this."

England captain Tony Adams and his teammates belted out the anthem with pride. (Image Credit: ITV Football)
England captain Tony Adams and his teammates belted out the anthem with pride. (Image Credit: ITV Football)

England would end up losing the game on penalties after a 0-0 draw in regulation time, with Southgate missing the decisive spot kick. Germany would go on to win the tournament.

This weekend's round of Premier League fixtures have been postponed following the Queen's death.

An official statement reads: "At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

"To honour her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round will be postponed, including Monday evening’s game.

"Further updates regarding Premier League fixtures during the period of mourning will be provided in due course."

Featured Image Credit: ITV Sport

Topics: England

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