Footage of England’s ‘best ever’ God Save the Queen effort resurfaces

Football fans have confessed to getting goosebumps re-watching England's God Save the Queen anthem at Euro '96 following the tragic passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Royal Highness sadly passed away at Balmoral Castle yesterday, with Charles and Princess Anne at her bedside, before the sorrowful news was made public shortly after 6.30pm, via a statement from Buckingham Palace.

"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," read the announcement. "The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow." The nation has now entered a period of mourning for its longest-serving monarch.

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Following the Queen's death, The FA has announced that all football fixtures from September 9 to September 11 have been postponed, though Thursday evening's European matches involving Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham were fulfilled on request from UEFA.

Hammers fans sent shivers down the spines of supporters with a classy tribute to Her Majesty prior to kick-off as 60,000 supporters belted out God Save the Queen during a minute's applause. And football fans have joined in by reposting a memorable rendition of the National Anthem at Wembley Stadium.

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The Three Lions' famous match against Scotland at the European Championships in 1996 is well remembered for Gazza's sensational solo goal and Seaman's penalty save. However, the game is also fondly recalled for England players and fans uniting for a historic version of God Save the Queen. It's a long way from the muted efforts we get from England players today.

The archive footage has reappeared on social media following Her Majesty's passing, sending social media into a wave of emotion. "Probably best performance of the anthem during her reign," commented one proud fan. "Yes it is very emotional. Truly the end of era and very very sad," stated another.

"Paul Young stopping because he can't compete. Priceless," posted a third in relation to the intense volume of the crowd. "Goosebumps always when I watch that," said a fourth.


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