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England manager Roy Hodgson insists his Football Association is sorry for any offence caused by sections of the away support singing anti-IRA songs during last night's 3-1 friendly win against Scotland in Glasgow.

England manager Roy Hodgson insists his Football Association is sorry for any offence caused by sections of the away support singing anti-IRA songs during last night's 3-1 friendly win against Scotland in Glasgow.

Many of the 5,000 England supporters sang foul-mouthed anti-IRA songs while the England supporters' band played Follow England Away, a song it regularly performs during Three Lions matches.

The England fans sang "F*** the IRA" on several occasions during the Celtic Park encounter and, in the first half, an FA official contacted the band to ask it to stop playing the song because it was inadvertently providing the tune for the offensive chant.

Hodgson was unaware of the song, but apologised for any offence on behalf of the FA, who could take further action particularly when England are due to play in Dublin next June.

He said: "I was aware the crowd were tremendously supportive. I didn't have a clue what they were chanting. I don't condone it. If anyone was offended, I'm sure the FA would like to apologise to them.

"All we can do is play our football and be grateful for the support and hopefully they will behave themselves and not get themselves into a situation where their chanting is being criticised."

England fans had behaved well in the build-up to the match, joining in with a minute's applause for Scotland supporter Nathan McSeveney, who died from a fall here during the Republic of Ireland match on Friday. But once the match had begun some Three Lions supporters tainted their reputation when the anti-IRA songs began. Hodgson admitted that he had long ago stopped listening to what fans are singing during matches.

Asked about the chants, he said: "After a long career in football, I learnt long ago that the crowd are either signing or are silent in the background but when they chant or sing most of the time I don't have a clue. "I thought their support was excellent. I will leave any discussion about any words they have used."

Police Scotland reported no football-related disorder in the immediate aftermath of the match and said they had not received any reports of offensive chants.

Gordon Strachan admitted Scotland were frightened by England's play as they slipped to a damaging defeat against their Auld Enemy at Celtic Park.

Wayne Rooney scored twice and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also got on the scoresheet as England routed their bitter rivals 3-1 in Glasgow.

Scotland struggled to deal with the intensity of the visitors' play and their only consolation came when Andrew Robertson scored his first international goal in the 83rd minute.

It was a bitter blow for Strachan, whose team went into the match on the back of a morale-boosting win over the Republic of Ireland on Friday night.

The Scotland manager said: "The intensity and pace England played it, without the ball in particular, was fantastic and it spooked our players a bit I think my players were expecting England to sit back and wait, but they didn't. They're a team full of Champions League players, and they showed that."


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