One’s often played at Wembley with people such as Shearer before the start of match (8,6)
I believe the answer is:
'start of match' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both related to communication as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe they are linked in a way I don't understand?
'one's often played at wembley with people such as shearer before the' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'at' could be 'on' (location) and 'on' is present in the answer.
'as' could be 'ala' (French 'a la' - 'in the style of') and 'ala' is found in the answer.
'one' could be 'i' (Roman numeral) and 'i' is located in the answer.
This may be the basis of clue (or it may be nonsense).
Can you help me to learn more?
(Other definitions for national anthem that I've seen before include "The Star-Spangled Banner', say" , "country air" , "The Marseillaise, perhaps" , "noted stirrer" , "Patriotic song" .)