Piers Morgan has slammed the ‘hero worshipping’ of the England squad following their devastating defeat in the World Cup semi final.
Despite losing 2-1 to Croatia, Gareth Southgate’s boys have been hailed ‘lions’ by fans and praised for building a sense of national pride during the tournament.
But speaking on Thursday’s Good Morning Britain, Piers warned against putting the losing team on a pedestal.
"They’re not heroes they are a team that lost a semi final of a World Cup," he fumed.
Piers called talk of bus parades and knighthoods for the squad ‘total rubbish.’
But his co-host Susanna Reid hit back by claiming waist-coat wearing manager Southgate had done more to unite the country than Prime Minister Theresa May
"The boys are heroes because they united the country, they inspired joy and and optimism," she argued.
But Piers said rather than building the England side up, the country needed to recognise their defeat.
"In sport you win or you lose, Ive had this debate till I’m blue in the tea," he fumed.
"It’s why this country is going to the pot because we tell kids they can’t lose."
On Wednesday night England’s World Cup hopes were extinguished in extra time by Croatia.
But the boys side still face one more match in Russia – an unwanted third place play-off against Belgium at the Krestovsky Stadium, with the kick-off at 3pm.
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