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World Cup

The Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that whilst stories of a Football Association tie being rushed to Downing Street were untrue the Prime Minister had written a letter to England Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. It said that: "This is just to wish you and all of your team the best of luck in Germany. It’s a great squad, well led and well managed and as you know, with everyone hoping for great things, that’s a tremendous responsibility, but also a fantastic opportunity. Spirits and confidence are deservedly high. We will all be cheering you on. Good luck to you all."

Asked if it was true that Downing Street would fly the flag of St George on days when England were playing, the PMOS said yes, we would fly the flag on match days to mark the special nature of the occasions. Asked if this might not be considered insensitive by Scottish members of the Government, the PMOS said that it was not insensitive to support one of the home countries when they were participating in the World Cup.

As the Prime Minister had said on many occasions, he supported all the home countries whenever they played in international matches. Asked if there might be special consideration for Jack McConnell, the PMOS said that it was entirely a matter for individual ministers. As for the Scottish Executive, it would be constitutionally improper for him to offer any advice whatsoever.

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