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Originally posted by SecretKnowledge
why have england got 3 lions on their shirts?
can anyone explain that to me?
the animal is'nt even native to england, so why have another country's animal on your shirt?
just a thought that came to me....
The iconic crest worn on the national football team’s shirts for nearly 140 years. But historians claim the badge, dating back to the 12th Century and the reign of Richard the Lionheart, doesn’t feature lions at all. Experts in heraldry say when the badge was created they would have been classed as leopards. John Tunesi of the Heraldry Society said: “The three lions that appear in the Arms of the Football Association are termed ‘argent semy of 10 Tudor roses proper three lions passant guardant in pale azure’. “It’s correct to mention leopards as in early heraldry, a ‘lion passant guardant’ was termed a leopard. “So the arms of the Kingdom of England that were first used by Richard I in the late 12th Century were termed as the leopards of England.” The badge was first worn on November 30, 1872, in England’s 0-0 draw with Scotland – the first ever official international game. Comedians David Baddiel, 47, and Frank Skinner, 54, even sang about it in their number one hit Three Lions, a fans’ favourite since England hosted Euro 96. Last night the FA hit back. A spokesman said: “The motif derives from the Royal Standard carried into battle by English kings, initially by Richard I. “That standard had three gold lions on a red background.”