Former England striker Gary Lineker was forced to remove a divisive post following the Lionesses’ Euro 2022 triumph.
Sarina Wiegman’s team ended a 56-year drought for a major title on Sunday at Wembley Stadium, with Chloe Kelly scoring the game-winning goal in extra time. Within the first 90 minutes, Ella Toone and Lina Magull levelled the scores.
The goal sparked a flood of emotion across the country and on social media, with many people turning to Twitter to congratulate the Lionesses on their achievement.
Indeed, Manchester City striker Kelly received a lot of plaudits for her game-winning goal.
Her celebration, which included tearing off her shirt and violently whirling it above her head while wearing a Nike sports bra, has already gone down in history.
Fans immediately compared it to former USA star Brandi Chastain’s famous celebration after scoring the game-winning penalty in the 1999 World Cup final.
Following the final whistle, Lineker produced a tongue-in-cheek comment. He wrote: “The @Lionesses have only gone and done it, and Kelly is England’s heroine, bra none.”
The tweet, however, ruffled a few feathers, with some taking offence. Some called it “quite stupid,” while others accused the Match of the Day host of “casual misogyny.” Following the reaction, he said that he removed the tweet since many people misinterpreted his comment.
He wrote: “It was just a play on words given the celebration. I do rubbish like that constantly on here, including on men’s football. I’ve deleted it as many people didn’t see the game so missed the context.”
Despite his prior error, Lineker immediately followed up with another tweet, this time hailing the Lionesses’ win by using a slightly changed version of a famed phrase from the aftermath of Italia 90.
He wrote: “Football is a simple game. 22 women chase a ball for 90 minutes and, at the end, England actually win. Congratulations @lionesses. Fabulous.”
Kelly herself has since commented on her celebration at the national stadium and hinted that it was her effort to copy Bobby Zamora – the former England man striking the winner for QPR during the 2014 playoff final.
Speaking after the game, she said: “I said to my family, the one moment that I’ve been to Wembley and it’s been brilliant – it’s the Bobby Zamora moment with QPR.
“I said to my family this morning, imagine we get a Bobby Zamora moment and it’s me… and now it’s happened! Bloody hell! Unbelievable! This is what dreams are made of!”