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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 June, 2004, 02:48 GMT 03:48 UK
Third of Scots 'back Sven's men'
David Beckham
One in four Scots want to see David Beckham lift the cup
Nearly one third of Scots will be rooting for England in Euro 2004, according to a newspaper poll.

Traditional rivalries appear to have been brushed aside north of the border as 30 percent of Scots say they will back the 'Auld Enemy'.

One in four are hoping to see captain David Beckham lift the trophy, according to the Daily Record's poll.

But as England gears up for Saturday's friendly with Iceland, one in five Scots will be willing them to lose.

'Fans are maturing'

The survey showed many Scots were put off by the thuggish element among England fans and over-the-top match commentators.

There was also frustration over the hype that follows England wins on the TV and in newspapers, with one in three complaining.

Of those quizzed, 21 percent said they felt less hostility towards the England team than five years ago, when the Scottish Parliament was introduced.

TV pundit Jimmy Hill welcomed the poll, saying: "I think this is a sign that Scots fans are maturing.

"I have always been of the belief that all British teams should be regarded as allies," he said.

Scotland's Euro 2004 dream was crushed in a play-off defeat by Holland last November.

Now England are hoping to improve on Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Japan as they take on Iceland in a friendly on Saturday.

They then face France on Sunday, June 13, the opening day of the tournament hosted by Portugal.




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