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Victor Radley reveals funny story behind not knowing the words to the English national anthem

Victor Radley has been one of England’s best players in the Rugby League World Cup.

The loose-forward was a controversial pick in Shaun Wane’s squad with Leeds Rhinos legend Gary Schoefield unhappy with the NRL star getting the nod.

However, son of Nigel Radley from Sheffield, Radley has more than justified his selection and has even been nominated for the Golden Boot on account of his performances after he picked up the Man of the Match award against Samoa in the opening game.

This came after a hilarious moment for Radley when he was spotted not knowing the words to the national anthem and after the game he had to stand and listen to the squad sing it: “Against Fiji in the warm-up game, I never thought about it once until we went out and then I thought ‘oh we’ve got to do the anthem’,” Radley told Fox League.

“I didn’t know the words and someone must have filmed it, so they got into me at review.

“All the coaching staff and team made me stand up and then they sang me the anthem.

“I wasn’t letting that happen again, so I made sure I learnt the words. It’s actually quite easy, I’ve learnt the words and now I’m all good.”

Then in the game after that, Radley had to deal with the cameraman lingering on him as he sang: “They stopped and came back to me and I thought they’re trying to catch me out here,” he said.

“But they had to be better than that because I knew the words, I got them.”

Since then Radley has been the beating heart of England’s tournament and will again be key today as they meet Samoa again in the semi-finals.

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