Downing Street to fly the flag for England's success at WC
British Prime Minister David Cameron said today that he would fly the flag of Saint George above his Downing Street residence during the football World Cup to show support for the England team.sports Updated: Jun 09, 2010 19:44 IST
British Prime Minister David Cameron said today that he would fly the flag of Saint George above his Downing Street residence during the football World Cup to show support for the England team.
During his weekly question and answer session in the House of Commons, Cameron, who has been busy trying to find efficiency savings since taking office last month, was asked if he would fly the England flag.
"I can say that at no additional cost to the taxpayer, the flag of Saint George will fly above Downing Street during the World Cup," he told lawmakers.
"I'm sure that everyone in this house, no matter what part of the United Kingdom they come from, will be cheering 'Come on England'!"
The flag of Saint George, England's patron saint, is a red cross on a white background. A spokesman told AFP it will fly above Downing Street alongside the wider United Kingdom's Union Flag, until England are knocked out of the tournament in South Africa, which gets under way on Friday.
England's campaign begins against the United States in Rustenburg on Saturday.
The other home nations -- Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland -- failed to qualify for this World Cup. Prime minister Tony Blair flew the England flag over Downing Street during the 2006 World Cup, which saw England reach the quarter-finals.