England fans criticised for vocal chorus of '10 German bombers' during match in Dortmund

Telegraph Sport
England fans during the match against Germany at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund - Rex Features

England fans came in for strong criticism on social media on Wednesday night, as their singing during the match against Germany came through loud and clear on television.

People first took issue with England supporters booing the German national anthem before kick-off, after hearing their own immaculately observed by the home fans in Dortmund.

Fans then became the talking point of a largely unremarkable first half as a long chorus of the controversial song '10 German bombers' was audible on ITV's broadcast.

One journalist had also appeared to spot England fans "doing the actions" that go along with that song during the home anthem, while ITV commentator Clive Tyldesley commented on the loudness of the England support. Radio presenter and former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore called the song "embarrassing".

The song, which makes reference to the Second World War, was broadly but not wholly condemned by those watching at home. Several appeared to think it was particularly tasteless to sing the 'bombers' song on the day of the terror attack in Westminster.

Germany won the match 1-0, with former Arsenal player Lukas Podolski netting a sensational winner on his 130th and final appearance for the national side.

Podolski gave a speech before the game, meaning the kick-off was delayed by a few minutes, and heads into international retirement on a record of 49 goals.

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