World Cup RL anthem plea by Leeds MP

A LEEDS MP has urged the English rugby league team sing an "English" national anthem at the World Cup this autumn – and not God Save the Queen.

Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, said it would be "wrong and inappropriate" for the English team to sing the British national anthem at the tournament in October.

Scotland and Wales are competing as separate home nations in Australia and will be singing their own national anthems.

Now, in a letter to the Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, Richard Lewis, the Liberal Democrat MP has suggested that rugby league fans decide which anthem the England team sings at the World Cup via an online poll.

He said the anthem should be a tune "that all English people and players can identify with" and "must be specifically English and about England".

He added that this would rule out Land of Hope and Glory, because it is "another song about Britain not England".

Mr Mulholland, who has tabled a Commons Early Day Motion on the issue, said: "When England is competing separately from the other home nations, it is quite wrong to use the British national anthem. The Scotland and Wales teams will fly out to Australia with their own anthems and England needs one too."

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