Yes, Lawrenson, McCarthy & Townsend are only following their own team. But it would be interesting to see what happens should England play the ROI. I think it's the Irish who have been cheated here, being told these guys were desperate to play for the land of their fathers (or in Tony Cascarino's case, not even the land of his great-granny times infinity) only to find their affinity ended with their international careers.
On the 'we' 'us' business: from a personal perspective I spent over 30 years in England ( I can go one better than Hansen, I actually married TWO English women though not, I hasten to add, at the same time) and I'd never use those words when referring to the England team in football or rugby union or any other sport in which Scotland competes as an opponent.
Similarly, where a British team or individual is taking part I have absolutely no problem in backing them/him/her and I do not understand those Scots who don't. It's not a political thing. Or at least it shouldn't be. I can guarantee that many of those Catalans dancing in the streets last night will be out on a big demonstration this Saturday under the banner 'Catalunya is a nation.' On Sunday they'll be cheering on Spain. Much like Rangers supporters would belt out GSTQ at Hampden in the Scottish Cup Final one Saturday and roundly boo it when England played Scotland seven days later.
I've used the dreaded words in cricket, certainly, talking about whether 'we' can win/retain the Ashes for example. The England captain when I first moved south was actually Mike Denness. Between 1972-1977 and apart from a brief interlude when Ray Illingworth was recalled, the Test captaincy was held by Tony Lewis (Welsh), Denness (Scottish) and Tony Greig (South African).
In football, yes, I've talked and written about 'our' game though that has referred to British football as a whole. I've been meticulous - or tried to be - when responding to queries about British records to include Wales and Northern Ireland where information has been available. Again, this is not a statement on Northern Ireland's political status but a recognition of the legal position. I deliberately avoid terms like 'Ulster' or 'Six Counties' which denote obvious partisanship.
I'll freely admit to using the 'we' and 'us' words frequently with regard to Middlesbrough FC. Most Scots, even those who've never set foot over the border, have an English side they follow. I lived in Middlesbrough for 18 years and having been born and brought up under the ethos of following the local team it seemed perfectly natural to watch and support the Boro. Having players like Bobby Murdoch & Graeme Souness amongst others wasn't exactly a hindrance either.
One final point: some of those gin-drinking Telegraph buffers reading the column Snuff mentions (and I agree the Telegraph has always had excellent sports coverage, as well as the easiest crossword of any of the broadsheets) who normally froth at the mouth at the very mention of the word 'Europe' will be throwing about words like 'us,' 'we' and 'ours' repetitively later this year when a team, captained by a Scotsman, with its most recent major winners hailing from both sides of the Irish border and stuffed full of French, Spaniards, Germans & Swedes, plays on Welsh territory in the Ryder Cup.
As Barry Norman was wont to say: "And why not?"