I’ve long since thought that the division between ‘Anglo saxon’ England and the ‘Celtic’ nations of Wales and Scotland (& Cornwall!) is a false one. After all, Welsh was once spoken much more widely than Wales on these islands. Now it seems that new genetic research has given some weight to my suspicions.
The first DNA map of the British Isles has been compiled after 5 years of research taking samples from over 10000 volunteers in Britain and Ireland. The evidence of this research indicates that Britain’s celts are descended from a wave of immigration some 5 or 6000 years ago from the Iberian peninsular — Spain, if you’d rather. And those their descendents are most concentrated in parts of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, they are also “strongly represented” throughout the rest of this sceptred isle.
The Romans have left few signs of their presence in our genetic inheritance, which clearly shows they weren’t all they were cracked up to be.
And probably explains why Italian and British football are so different.