The real reason why Croatia can beat England is extracted below. May not be totally untrue, in my opinion.
The X-rated anthem that helped sink England
Football fan websites in Croatia want a medal for the British singer whose X-rated rendition of the country’s national anthem apparently helped the team to beat England.
Opera singer Tony Henry mis-pronounced a key line in the national anthem before Wednesday’s match and sang “my penis is a mountain" to the delight of the Croat players.
The anthem is written in the old Croat style. Instead of singing “Mila kuda si planina", which translates “You know my dear how we love your mountains“, he sang “Mila kura si planina" – “My dear, my penis is a mountain“.
Croatian players Vedran Corluka and Luka Modric were seen grinning at each other when they heard the mistake, and fans said it relaxed the team and helped them to their 3-2 victory.
Even the Croat ball boys could not stop themselves from smirking at the gaffe.
Croat fan websites have now called for the London-born singer, who lives in Inverness, to be given a medal and become the team’s official mascot for Euro 2008.
Mate Prlic, from Croatian football magazine Torcida, said: “He obviously relaxed the players so why not invite him to Euro 2008 to keep the winning streak going?"
Aeljka Tomljenovic, from the British-Croatian Society, said: “His version didn’t sound like the original but our national anthem is very hard to sing and I don’t envy him because the pronunciation is so difficult."
Douglas Gillespie, Mr Henry’s agent, said last night: “Tony has a great reception from the Croatian fans and already feels part of their campaign for Euro 2008."