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How many times have you been lost for words when the national anthem's boomed across the sound system at a football match?

The Sport Academy makes sure you are word perfect for next time - and gives you the lowdown on other famous sporting songs.

We'll start off with the one most people struggle to get their head around.

This, surprisingly, is the United Kingdom's anthem God Save the Queen.

Most people can just about cope with the first verse.

But when the music starts for the second verse - as it did for each of England's World Cup games - you're in all sorts of trouble.

God Save the Queen

God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause,
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen.

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God Save the Queen
Flower of Scotland
Hen Wlad fy Nhadau
Ireland's Call
Make ur own
Three Lions

God save the Queen facts
First performed in London in 1745

Was originally called God save the King

Over 140 composers including Beethoven have used the tune in their compositions

It was the official national anthem of Australia between 1788-1974

The Queen is believed to have heard it over 20,000 times since her Coronation in 1952

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