England star Mason Mount has been accused by fans of singing “God save our gnacious Queen” during the opening moments of the Three Lions’ first World Cup clash against Iran in Qatar.
As he sang the national anthem, the 23-year-old seemed to have forgotten that the new monarch was King Charles III. since the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II on April 8.
Eagle-eyed fans immediately took to Twitter to air claims that the Chelsea midfielder had spoken the wrong words.
The lyrics of the national anthem changed when King Charles ascended the throne after the death of his mother.
The correct lyrics for the anthem would have been “God save our Gracious King” when England played Germany on 26 September, meaning Mount has had to sing the anthem since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Mount may not have been the only player to make that mistake, as fans suggested some of the “guys” also sang “Gracious Queen.”
England players also took the knee in an anti-racism gesture before the game started.
England led 3-0 against Iran in their first game of the World Cup this afternoon after a dominant first half.
The anthem slip doesn’t appear to have affected Mount’s game as he had won the most fouls from either team in the first half.
He also performed more successful take-ons and won more duels than any other player on either side.
Iranian players did not sing their national anthem in Doha this afternoon as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in civil unrest in the country.
The players stood stone-faced in an apparent show of solidarity with the protests sweeping Iran.
Some members of the crowd at Khalifa International Stadium booed the anthem while waving flags in support of the protesters.
Iran has been rocked by more than two months of anti-regime protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after being arrested for not wearing a mandatory hijab.
Iranian players are not expected to celebrate a goal after striker Sardar Azmoun refused to celebrate an equalizer against Senegal in a pre-tournament friendly.
As a sign of solidarity, several players have updated their social media profiles to black spaces.
Iran has closed all football matches to the public since protests erupted.
The Three Lions led 3-0 against Iran at half-time after dominating in the first half.
Youngster Jude Bellingham put the side ahead in the opening minutes of the game before goals from Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling gave the Three Lions a strong start to the second half.
A second goal from Saka early in the second half extended England’s lead against Iran to 4-0.
But Iran clawed one back after 65 minutes when Mahdi Torabi slid one past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
But England continued their masterclass and reclaimed their impressive lead just minutes later, taking the score to 5-1 when Marcus Rashford scored seconds after coming on.
The Three Lions participate in Group B in a draw where all teams in their group are ranked within the FIFA Top 20.
England play USA on Friday and Wales on November 29th.