Despite fighting in two world wars and countless World Cup clashes, it appears Britons are a lot closer to their German rivals than they might think.
A new study has revealed that up to half of British men have German blood as a result of the Anglo-Saxon migration following the collapse of the Roman Empire.
Academics at University College London (UCL) found a segment of the Y chromosome which is present in virtually all north German and Danish men is also found in half of British men, the Daily Telegraph reports.
The bond is linked to the migration of hundreds of thousands of Anglo Saxons into south-east England during the fifth and sixth centuries.
German news magazine Der Spiegel used the new research to poke fun at their European rivals, writing: ‘There is no use in denying. It is now clear the nation which most dislikes the Germans were once Krauts themselves.’
England’s rivalry with Germany is one of the most competitive in world football, with the Germans knocking Fabio Capello’s side out of the World Cup in South Africa last summer in a 4-1 thrashing.
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