Jerusalem is PM's sport anthem pick

David Cameron has revealed he would be tempted to choose the classic hymn Jerusalem as a national anthem for England's sports teams.

The Prime Minister told a group of young Tory activists at Downing Street that he understood why people felt that England should have its own tune, as Scotland and Wales do.

A campaign for the country to have its own anthem at sporting events was launched by the think tank British Future earlier this year.

Mr Cameron joked that Sir Hubert Parry's song may be interpreted as a left-wing rallying call because of its mention of "dark satanic mills" - thought to refer to the Industrial Revolution.

However the Conservative leader said he disagreed and that it should belong to everyone.

The off-the-cuff remarks were made during a reception for the Conservative Future group last month, a Downing Street spokeswoman confirmed.

Currently, most England teams line up to God Save The Queen, as the country's footballers did before matches in last month's European Championships in Ukraine.

Teams representing Scotland and Wales, however, sing national verses such as Flower Of Scotland or Land Of My Fathers.

Until 2010, Land Of Hope And Glory was used as the anthem when English athletes won gold medals at Commonwealth Games.

But this was switched to Jerusalem for the 2010 games in New Delhi after the hymn was chosen in a poll launched by the Commonwealth Games Council for England.