Mason Mount was spotted singing God Save the Queen as England took to the pitch to face off against Iran in their first challenge at the 2022 World Cup. The lyrics of the anthem changed to God Save the King following the Her late Majesty’s death in September. Eagle-eyed fans noted the mishap and teased the England player, with supporter @andrewdickens jokingly questioning: “Who’s going to tell him?”
@JustinSaysThis said: “This is like when I will date paperwork 2022 until February next year.”
And @jshecket teased: “God save our gracious Kwing.”
Others expressed their sympathy as they admitted they still struggled with the change in lyrics after having grown up singing the God Save the Queen version.
@pommylee said: “Can’t blame him, to be honest, I’m still not used to it.”
@CyprusSuzie commented: “Mason Mount singing god save the Queen! Where have you been the last 3 months #Godsavetheking.”
@o_madida accompanied their Tweet with a clip of coach Gareth Southgate clapping his hands and dancing: “Mason Mount and the boys still singing “God Save the Queen”. Poor King Charles.”
And @lee_davidse said: “Mason Mount has to put in a blinder today. Needs to make up for singing God save the Queen.”
England asserted superiority with three goals in the first half of the match, with Bellingham, Saka and Sterling scoring in quick succession.
The match started on time despite reports from fans about issues accessing Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
The Three Lions fans said the official ticketing mobile app operated with serious delays and failed to open to access the QR code of their tickets.
One England fan said they should have “just used paper tickets” and criticised the organisation of the entry.
Free Lions said on Twitter: “We’re aware of issues with some e-tickets at the stadium with FIFA’s ticketing app. The FA is working hard to find a resolution for England fans.
“If you have issues seeing your ticket on the app, join the ticketing resolution queue at the stadium, but keep checking the app.”
The mishap came after England and Wales sparked a backlash after announcing their captains would not be wearing the One Love campaign armband when taking to the field.
Both teams had joined other European nations in signing a pledge to showcase the band in support of LGBTQ+ rights amid Qatar’s draconian laws against same-sex relationships.
The teams said Fifa had been clear about “sporting sanctions” if captains Harry Kane and Gareth Bale wore the armband on the field of play, adding they would not risk yellow cards or more.
England fan Steve Wright, 43, from Derby, told the PA news agency: “I disagree with that.
“They’re just bowing to the oppression of the Qatari government.”
Shaun Rowland, 56, from Hertfordshire, also speaking outside the Khalifa International Stadium ahead of England’s game with Iran, said: “They’ve bottled it, haven’t they?
“Would it have made a massive difference? I don’t know, I think it’s a shame.”