England's dreaming of finally winning a second world cup came to another bitterly disappointing conclusion on Tuesday night as the Lionesses crashed out of the tournament following defeat to the United States.
Phil Neville's team succumbed to a 2-1 loss to the Americans in a game full of controversy and incident as England had a goal disallowed, missed a penalty and had a player sent off.
It was the sort of capitulation that we have all come to love and cherish from English football teams but before all that people at home were getting rattled by the celebration from US striker Alex Morgan, who scored their second goal of the game.
The 30-year-old who was celebrating her birthday scored a perfectly timed header and celebrated by imitating the drinking of a cup of tea, with a pinky held aloft and everything.
This immediately upset a lot of people both English and American, who felt the celebration was disrespectful towards the Lionesses.
☕ @liannesanderson calls Alex Morgan's tea sipping celebration "distasteful." 📺 Live now on HD11 #beINWWC… https://t.co/wGUydwWaLT— beIN SPORTS (@beIN SPORTS) 1562097408
@alexmorgan13 Classless move today @alexmorgan13 . But I expect nothing less from this group of arrogant individual… https://t.co/MHpDQ1zd1p— Matthew 🇺🇸 (@Matthew 🇺🇸) 1562111465
@alexmorgan13 your celebration was disrespectful😤😤— Lisbet🍁 (@Lisbet🍁) 1562110164
'I thought it was a terrific game...' @piersmorgan is full of praise for the #Lionesses and says he can't wait fo… https://t.co/fRzU6KdSzA— Good Morning Britain (@Good Morning Britain) 1562135142
Hopefully one of the England players celebrates the next goal by turning up to a house party with 6 bottles of 3.5%… https://t.co/woD8S9qdh8— GeorgeWeahsCousin (@GeorgeWeahsCousin) 1562096517
However, most people thought it was hilarious and soon turned it into a meme.
sipppannnnnnnn https://t.co/IdiLw0LmcG— Timothy Burke (@Timothy Burke) 1562096039
Did Alex Morgan do a tea-drinking celebration because she scored against England and we all drink tea? She did, did… https://t.co/ekVqTlsQfB— Si Lloyd (@Si Lloyd) 1562096326
Alex Morgan at the Boston Tea Party, 1773. Oil on canvas. https://t.co/rRUU8ASagd— 🐐 (@🐐) 1562096676
Boston Tea Party (1773, colorized) #ENGUSA https://t.co/zqr17ass8H— Austin Brown (@Austin Brown) 1562096922
IN 1773 WE POURED OUT ALL THEIR TEA AND IN 2019 WE POURED ON ALL THE SAUCE— Clint Smith (@Clint Smith) 1562100833
No one: Alex Morgan: https://t.co/HIOx1csM3N— Cameron Magruder (@Cameron Magruder) 1562096115
Alex Morgan celebrating goals like https://t.co/CSCDDZMKBo— Slade (@Slade) 1562096056
Remember when sippin tea, pinky up! #USA #ENGUSA https://t.co/u6cprLEDuJ— MediaBitch (@MediaBitch) 1562097269
1662: Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II, introduced the ritual of drinking tea in England as the preferred… https://t.co/PGzInEweFx— Jake Marsh (@Jake Marsh) 1562097914
Some people were a bit confused about her celebration and thought that she might have been smoking something...
Sipping tea or smoking a joint? Only Alex Morgan knows.... #usa #WWC2019 https://t.co/pQIjYk5TF1— Mark Dignam (@Mark Dignam) 1562100651
The more I look at that Alex Morgan celebration, the more I think she's actually smoking a blunt instead of sipping tea #FIFAWWC— Reginaldo Rosario (@Reginaldo Rosario) 1562098289
It should also be pointed out that tea isn't even English so we really don't have a foot to stand on in this issue.
DEAR ENGLISH PEOPLE GETTING UPSET OVER ALEX MORGAN'S GOAL CELEBRATION, YOU DON'T OWN TEA. YOU STOLE IT FROM PLACES… https://t.co/omuhAWiKPA— Shireen Ahmed (@Shireen Ahmed) 1562103509
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