Guardian criticised for including Welsh map in ‘England’s origin’ story
The use of a Welsh map to depict a story about the origins of the English football squad has provoked a puzzled response.
The Guardian newspaper feature is headed, “England’s origin stories: this is where football came home from’, with a graphic of England and Wales as the backdrop, while Scotland has been removed.
The article lists each squad member and pinpoints the English location that each player comes from – none are listed as having a Welsh hometown.
The nearest to Wales is defender Tyrone Mings whose home town is listed as Bath, around 22 miles from the border.
The confusing graphic was highlighted by @evans_tomos on Twitter:
One commenter jokingly suggests the map must be sourced from the period when Wales was still assimilated into the Kingdom of England.
Another responds by saying that the frequency of these kinds of mix-ups makes it hard to believe that they happen by accident.
UK media outlets have faced constant criticisms over various misleading and often inaccurate ways in which the UK map is used.
In 2018, the BBC had to completely redesign its weather map after receiving complaints from Scottish viewers that the nation was depicted much smaller than it actually was.