Ahead of the Three Lions’ opening World Cup match against Tunisia, Jeremy Corbyn used Twitter to wish England luck in Russia.
The Labour leader shared an “inspirational message” from Bill Shankly, who he described as “one of our country’s finest ever football managers”.
Mr Corbyn, who is an Arsenal fan, tweeted: “As we prepare for England’s first match in the #WorldCup, here’s an inspirational message from one of our country’s finest ever football managers.
“I wish our fans a safe tournament and the players the best of luck. Let’s get a win.”
As we prepare for England’s first match in the #WorldCup, here’s an inspirational message from one of our country’s finest ever football managers.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 18, 2018
However, Shankly is Scottish and not English.
Indeed the legendary manager, who led Liverpool to three league titles and two FA Cups during a storied stint at Anfield, once remarked about playing for Scotland: “It’s fantastic. You look down at your dark blue shirt, and the wee lion looks up at you and says, ‘Get out after the English…!'”
England v Scotland is the oldest international fixture in the world – with the Three Lions often referred to as the “Auld Enemy” by the Tartan Army.
Many Twitter users were quick to take Mr Corbyn to task for his post:
But some said those ribbing the Labour leader were being unduly pedantic, pointing out that Shankly made his name playing and managing in England:
Jeremy Corbyn sharing a quote from the holy god of LFC himself Bill Shankly is just awesome.
Oh and for all those complaining about Jeremy saying “Our Country” He was referring to Great Britain which is our country. He wasn’t even implying that Shanks was English at all.
— David Clarke (@david_clarke91) June 18, 2018
England won 2-1 thanks to a brace from striker Harry Kane, with the winner coming in stoppage time.
Mr Corbyn tweeted after the game: “Great start to England’s #WorldCup campaign.
“Fought right until the end and deserved the win. Bring on Panama. #ENGTUN”