Gary Lineker mocks GMB host Richard Madeley for ‘pretending’ to like football

Richard Madeley asks Scotland fan ‘why won’t you cheer us?’

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Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker, 60, has taken to Twitter to express his exasperation at Good Morning Britain host Richard Madeley, 65, gushing over England’s 4-0 win over Ukraine at the weekend. Appearing with co-host Susanna Reid, 50, Richard spoke to football manager Sam Allardyce about England’s triumph over Ukraine, which saw social media users “cringe” over the interaction, as the BBC host accused the GMB star of “pretending” to like the sport.

Love it when folk pretend they like and know football when England do well.

Gary Lineker

Commenting on a clip, the Walker’s ambassador slammed the GMB host for his over the top discussion of Saturday’s match.

In view of his eight million followers, Gary mocked Piers Morgan’s replacement for “pretending” to like the beautiful game.

He wrote: “Love it when folk pretend they like and know football when England do well.”

The clip of Richard gushing over England’s performance was posted by a social media user with the caption: “Your boss wanting to chat about the footie with you this morning.”(sic)

Talking to former football player ‘Big Sam’, the husband of Judy Finnegan went on a “cringeworthy” spiel, praising England’s 4-0 defeat of Ukraine.

Sitting next to Susanna, Richard gushed over the sport while Sam looked less than impressed.

Gesticulating wildly, he said: “What I’ve always wondered and really unprecedented from this team was the way that the English forwards really went up to their defenders and they basically said, ‘I’m coming through you, I’m sorry, there may be two or three of you but I’m going to weave through and cross.'”

His co-presenter seemingly struggled to stifle a giggle as he continued his gushing praise of the nation’s football team.

“And they did, they delivered and it was a real finding of confidence wasn’t it and a finding of real, beautifully talented form,” Richard said.

Many of Gary’s followers agreed that the media personality was trying too hard and took to the thread to comment.

One wrote: “Just when you thought you couldn’t cringe any harder!”

Another added: “The best thing is diehard Palace fan @susannareid100 trying not to laugh.”

However, others didn’t agree and chided the sports broadcaster for mocking the TV host.

“Football is for everyone. Let everyone enjoy it, don’t be one of them,” one Twitter user penned.

As another commented: “Oh leave off! You’d be p****d off if the nation was ignoring it. Let him enjoy it same as everyone else.”

The former England player is not shy when it comes to calling out public figures for their lack of knowledge about the beautiful game and even targeted the Prime Minister in a frustrated rant.

Three years ago the broadcaster accused well-known rugby fan Boris Johnson of “jumping on the football bandwagon”.

Following the semi-final defeat to Croatia at the 2018 World Cup, Boris tweeted: “So proud of the team – they’ve done our country proud. Will come home to a much-deserved heroes’ welcome.”

Gary responded: “Here they come – politicians jumping on the football bandwagon when it suits them.

“We all know you don’t give a monkey’s about the sport until you want to bask in any reflective glory. Bore off Boris.”

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