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When out masking the Euros in Germany, in what some may name a second of insanity, I made a decision to see how Scotland followers would react if I walked by means of a sea of them sporting an England shirt.

The inevitable barrage of abuse was principally good natured banter and I by no means felt that my bodily security was ever at actual danger.

But when the story of my stunt was revealed I used to be persistently given the identical problem by readers – attempt it the opposite approach round.

“You couldn’t do it,” mentioned one of many many feedback highlighting the actual fact supporters of the Three Lions have a nasty fame for inflicting hassle.

Following British followers on the Euro 2024 match I’d seen the explanations for that argument myself.

From the straight-up hooliganism in Gelsenkirchen earlier than the opening sport in opposition to Serbia to run-of-the-mill obnoxious behaviour in Frankfurt when England met Denmark it was typically embarrassing how among the English followers behaved.

At the identical time, there have been loads of examples the place England followers had been glorious travellers and German or Scottish followers handed by means of them with out incident.

However, after I did settle for the problem and pulled on the navy shirt of Scotland, as soon as again dwelling in England, and headed right into a crowd of Englishmen there have been clear variations in how they responded.

The first distinction between the English supporters and Scotland followers was apparent earlier than I’d even pulled on the jersey: these south of the border lacked the passion of their Scottish counterparts.

This is to not say that there weren’t passionate England followers, however, maybe spoiled by persistently qualifying for tournaments and reaching the latter phases, there was not the feverish generational ambiance you get with the Tartan Army.

I encountered this even whereas planning the place to do the walk-through. Having returned to London from the match and, with the England crew limping their approach by means of the competitors, the venues exhibiting the Switzerland sport had been truly fairly restricted.

So I made a decision to go to 2 completely different areas in my Scotland jersey.

First, I headed to the Kirby Estate in South London located deep within the coronary heart of Millwall-fan territory the place the flats are identified for being the “most patriotic in the land”.

But after I arrived it was painfully quiet. Other than a gaggle of lads vaping in a stairwell there was little suggestion past the light flutter of St George’s flags that there was a European Championship quarter-final simply minutes away.

When noticed by a few locals there was a weak “come on England” shouted in my path however that was about it.

Fortunately, I had a second vacation spot on my record and hopped on a tube practice to Wembley Boxpark.

Known for having the wildest celebrations within the nation, it was instantly clear that there was a extra raucous set of followers in attendance.

I used to be noticed by the balcony and smoking space the place there was instant booing and singing of “Scotland get battered everywhere they go”.

But, simply as I’d discovered strolling by means of the Scots, it was all good-natured and pleasant.

A couple of people advised me to “f**k off” and shouted “who the f**king hell are you” however once more it was not aggressive.

However, by the identical level in my Scotland followers walkthrough I’d already been hugged by a supporter who’d cracked an analogous line.

It was a development that continued. An England fan holding a beer strolling previous shouted a rendition of “f**k off Tartan Army had your f**king party”. By distinction, Scots had been quipping “we hate England more than you” and telling me “you’ve got the wrong top pal” with smiles and laughter.

It felt that England followers had been simply extra reserved as a result of whereas a number of followers gave me side-eyed confused appears and whispered to their buddies, Scots had been fast to smile, have interaction and make a joke.

As I walked by means of the Scotland followers, they sang songs like “Oh Diego Maradona” however there have been a number of good-natured handshakes and interactions.

The English crowd wished to sing about Scotland supervisor Steve Clarke being a “fat Scottish b*****d” or “Scotland going home” reasonably than share a joke.

On the opposite hand, apart from a number of “f**k offs” there have been few England followers who appeared genuinely aggravated. When I’d walked by means of the Scots a handful seemed indignant and wished to name me an “English c**t”.

The c-word was one other clear level of distinction. Considered one of many rudest phrases south of the border, it doesn’t seem to hold the identical shock worth amongst the Scottish which possibly made among the insults sound worse than they had been meant.

So whereas the sight of a Scotland shirt didn’t provoke the England followers into horrible behaviour I believe it’s protected to say their banter was not on the identical degree as their rivals.