Stop blaming the coach, the bling generation or even the terrible pitch. Blame language. Tony Henry, who sang the Croatian national anthem, made a simple pronunciation mistake, which ultimately led to England not qualifying for Euro 2008.

The line in which Henry slipped up should have been mila kuda si planina (You know my dear how we love your mountains). But what he actually sang was mila kura si planina which means "Dear Penis, you are a Mountain" or "My Dear, my penis is a mountain".

Croat players like Manchester City’s Vedran Corluka and Arsenal target Luka Modric started looking at each other and grinning when they realised what he was singing.

Croat fan websites have been calling for Henry to be given a medal of honour for helping the players relax, they also want him made an official team mascot for the tournament.

(via Ananova)