Gary Lineker was brutally trolled by Specsavers over his contentious claim in the aftermath of England’s goalless draw with Scotland.
The BBC presenter was watching on as a lacklustre England struggled to find a way past their Auld Enemy at Wembley on Friday.
John Stones missed a gilt-edged chance for the Three Lions early on, clattering his header back off the post, but that was about as good as it got for Gareth Southgate’s side.
It was actually the visitors who came closest to scoring after that, as Jordan Pickford made a super stop from Stephen O’Donnell’s volley while Reece James headed Lyndon Dykes’ effort off the line in the second half.
The draw left many England supporters feeling downbeat about their chances and disappointed that the much-anticipated ‘Battle of Britain’ didn’t bring more goals – but Lineker was enthusiastically positive about the spectacle he had watched.
“Game of the tournament so far,” he wrote on Twitter at the final whistle. “Absolute thriller.”
While few could argue that the game was an intriguing contest, it’s clear opticians Specsavers felt Lineker could perhaps do with some new spectacles of his own.
“Give us a call,” they replied to his post.
Several fans were also in disagreement with the ex-England striker, with one Twitter user commenting: “Call your doctor maybe. Or start watching other games?”
England had the majority of the possession over their rivals but simply couldn’t find the breakthrough against a fiesty and determined Scotland side.
Harry Kane endured a frustrating night, eventually ending in his early substitution on 74 minutes, while Southgate was criticised over his decision to withdraw Phil Foden after an hour, even though he did throw on fan favourite Jack Grealish in his place.
Ian Wright was in the studio covering the game for ITV and labelled England’s performance “embarrassing”.
“Why has he taken Foden off for? There’s no way Phil Foden should be leaving the pitch today, for me. It’s very disappointing to see,” the pundit fumed.
“You’ve got someone like Jadon Sancho on the bench, 16 goals, 20 assists this season – he doesn’t even get on and we need to create.
“We can talk about Harry Kane and the chances he could have had, or how many touches he hasn’t had, but at the same time, did we really create enough?
“We’re meant to be favourites to win the tournament, it’s embarrassing, I was embarrassed for us today.”
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The draw now leaves England second in Group D behind Czech Republic, who they face in their final fixture.
Victory would still see England go through to the knockout phase as group winners, although progressing as runners-up also has plenty of appeal, given France, Portugal or Germany await for the team that tops the table.
And Southgate was keen to point out that qualification was of primary importance, rather than risking defeat just to get one over Scotland.
“It feels difficult in the last 15 minutes of a game like tonight where fans are desperate for you to go forward and abandon shape, because it’s Scotland, it feels like a unique occasion, but we have to still approach it that a point is still an important step towards qualification, which ultimately is the first objective for us,” he said after the match.
“I think in those moments, if we had to chase to win with no consequence for conceding, you might approach it differently; but all the time, it’s a night where it was a bit frantic, it wasn’t a game with a huge amount of control, and you have to make sure that sitting on three points as we were, you manage the tournament as well as the game.
“It’s easy to gamble towards the end, and lose shape, and then end up losing the game in the last five minutes, then you’re kicking yourself for not managing the tournament. I understand we’re at Wembley, we wanted to win, but in the context of the tournament qualification is the most important thing.”