Luke Shaw and Mason Mount make anthem blunder before England’s World Cup opener

Mason Mount and Luke Shaw were spotted by eagle-eyed fans seemingly singing the wrong lyrics to the national anthem ahead of England's World Cup opener.

The Chelsea and Manchester United pair paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, as per the lyrics that were used for her 70-year reign, despite her passing in September.

With her son King Charles III now on the throne, the song title is now God Save the King, which is expressed in the lyrics of the song.

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One Twitter user said: "Mason Mount doesn't even know the national anthem."

A second added: "They can't even sing the national anthem correct. Mason Mount sings Queen instead of King."

England went into their clash against Iran as huge favourites to win Group B, which includes Wales and the United States.

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Fans had a nightmare before the fixture due to issues with digital tickets, which comes after fan fury that alcoholic beers were banned from stadiums on the eve of the campaign.

Gareth Southgate's team selection surprised some as he named a back four and not a back five as he did throughout England's route to the semi-finals in 2018.

Mount started in a midfield with Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice with Shaw in the defence with Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kieran Trippier with Jordan Pickford in goal.

Up front, Harry Kane was joined by Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka with Phil Foden left on the bench to the fury of some of his supporters.

England's clash was only the second game of the tournament after hosts Qatar slipped to defeat against Ecuador on Sunday (November 20) despite benefiting from a strange VAR call.

Southgate said before the game of his team selection: "You're always looking at the opponent – we feel this is a strong team and a strong way to start.

"We've got great depth to come in as well which we will need and we want to be positive and play on the front foot."

Then added: "We've maximised the time – we've spent the first part of the week exciting people about being at the World Cup and the latter part on the training pitch.

"Pleased with the way the players have approached everything."


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