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Rishi Sunak mocked for saying England ‘left absolutely nothing out there’ after World Cup defeat

20 Aug 2023 3 minute read
Photo Henry Nicholls/PA Wire

Rishi Sunak has been mocked for a tweet after England lost the women’s World Cup final 1-0 to Spain.

In a post on Twitter, now known as X, the Prime Minister told the England football team: “You left absolutely nothing out there, Lionesses.”

Senior Labour MP Angela Eagle pointed out that he had muddled what was intended to be a supportive comment about Sarina Wiegman’s side’s efforts in the contest.

“I think the phrase is ‘absolutely everything’ PM,” Ms Eagle tweeted.

Broadcaster Jon Sopel, host of The News Agents podcast, also pointed out the error, saying: “Everything, surely!?”

Shelagh Fogarty, a presenter on LBC, joked that the tweet had been “written by a 16-year-old Spad (special adviser)”.

Screenshot from the Twitter feed of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak following the Women’s World Cup 2023 final between England and Spain.

Conservative Party leader Mr Sunak has faced criticism for not travelling to Sydney, Australia, to watch the final in person.

Former England goalkeeper Pauline Cope expressed her disappointment that Mr Sunak had not attended, while also suggesting that the Prince of Wales, who is president of the FA, should have been at Stadium Australia to watch the match.

Cope, who has 60 England caps and played in the 1995 World Cup, told Times Radio: “Let’s be honest, if it was the men’s World Cup, they would all be here.”

Open letter

Mr Sunak published an open letter to the Lionesses ahead of kick–off, saying that he would be “watching and cheering” them on.

But fans on Twitter appeared unimpressed, with one remarking “A letter? what a joke”, and another adding: “Big deal… he should be there.”

Asked why he did not travel to Australia, Downing Street pointed to the UK Government being represented at the tournament’s conclusion by Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer.

Cabinet minister Ms Frazer, speaking to the PA news agency ahead of Sunday’s kick-off, said: “I know that the Prime Minister feels very passionately about the women’s game.

“Only about a month or so ago he and I were at 10 Downing Street with the Lionesses, and I know he sent a message to the Lionesses wishing them congratulations and luck today.”

During the second half, with England a goal down to Olga Carmona’s strike in the 29th minute, Mr Sunak tweeted: “We still believe!”.

The post included a picture of him in a pub in his North Yorkshire constituency of Richmond, with the teetotal Prime Minister, surrounded by fellow supporters, wearing a white England home jersey while holding what is thought to be a non-alcoholic drink in his hand.

No 10 did not invite the media to capture the British leader, who supports Southampton FC and is an avid cricket fan, watching the game but a personal photographer at the taxpayers’ expense appeared to be on hand.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago

Have you got a problem with tea-total Pal !

Rheinallt morgan
Rheinallt morgan
7 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

What is tea-total?

Rheinallt morgan
Rheinallt morgan
7 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Oh I get you mean teetotal.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago

Earl Grey actually…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
7 months ago

Foot-in-mouth opportunist Rishy Sunak like a whelk will latch onto anything to make him look popular and down with da kidz innit, And even in glorious English failure expect him to meet & greet the Lionesses at no 10 for tea. They will be made BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year. Their coach made a dame and the Royal Mail produce a stamp to commemorate their loss to Spain being .second class.

David Pearn
David Pearn
7 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

😂😂😂

Rheinallt morgan
Rheinallt morgan
7 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

I thought the Lionesses did rather well. Good on them credit where it is due.

David Pearn
David Pearn
7 months ago

Shame sunak didn’t care passionately about the waspi women who have lost 10s of thousands in pensions

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago

Don’t mention Dalit/untouchables etc, etc…

So much to pick on but not taking drink is the only bit of him I can stand…

karl
karl
7 months ago

Whoever wrote it for him will be knighted probably. A government that doesn’t care, was never going to care what they tweet. See 30 p for proof.

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
7 months ago

The English team, on the whole, played well throughout the tournament, well done to them. However, I’m glad Spain won, we would never have heard the last of it if they had not. I feel the London based media go over the top, where English teams are concerned. The media is supposed to be British but the other nations of the UK, when their teams do well, get half the coverage the English teams get. It becomes so tiring.

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