In a recent survey in England it was discovered that 90% of England fans don't know the origin of the three lions, and a similar survey in Scotland discovered that nearly 95% of Scots
don't know the origins of the Lion Rampant.
When Richard I, alias Richard The Lionheart, one of England's greatest Kings took the throne in 1189, he adopted a coat of arms with two lions on a red background but later in life he changed it to three lions on a red background which is the symbol used by English fans today. We are sure to see plenty during the World Cup this year.
Strangely at around the same time in Scotland, William The Lion, alias William Canmore was crowned King Of Scots in 1165, and chose as his armorial bearing a red lion rampant on a yellow background.
It is very sad that both the English, and the Scots, don't know enough about their rich heritage maybe if they did they would understand each other a lot better.