Lineker’s jibe at England

England manager Roy Hodgson during the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 10, 2013. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.
England manager Roy Hodgson during the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 10, 2013. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.
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Gary Lineker’s preferred mode of wit often comes heavily laced with sarcasm.

It is not to everyone’s taste and there are some who believe Match of the Day has become too chummy, laddish and smug under his stewardship as presenter.

Yet Lineker scored 48 international goals in a career during which he played for the most successful England side since Alf Ramsey’s boys lifted the World Cup in 1966.

“We’re seeing a lot of one touch football. England have a touch. Ukraine have a touch. England have a touch...,” Lineker wrote.

He upped the sarcasm at the end: “Good result for England....Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina et al, you’re in big trouble!”

It was the tweet he deleted, however, which perhaps had most resonance.

“Awful,” wrote Lineker. “What happens to some of these players when they pull on an England shirt?”

Lineker has toned down some of his criticism since and insisted Hodgson is doing a good job and that is a school of thought, considering the draw, with key personnel such as Wayne Rooney missing, kept England’s chances of reaching Brazil next year in their own hands.

Yet at times in Kiev England really were ‘awful’, squandering possession time after time and struggling to produce any cohesive attacking play in a performance devoid of rhythm and tempo.

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