USA star Megan Repinoe has responded to critics of Alex Morgan’s ‘tea cup’ celebration against England.
The United States Women’s National Team saw off Phil Neville’s Lionesses 2-1 in the World Cup semi-finals in Lyon on Tuesday.
But Morgan’s winning goal, a fine flicked header, was followed up by a celebration which frustrated many England fans on social media.
And the outspoken Repinoe, who sat out the clash due to an injury, backed up the American icon’s celebration – adding it was just ‘fun’.
“Wah wah wah,” she responded. “I mean it’s like we’re at the World Cup, what do you want us to do?
“This is the biggest stage, the biggest moment. I don’t think anyone truly believes that we disrespect the game or disrespect our opponents.
“We have the utmost respect for England and every team we’ve face and every team that we will face forever and ever. That’s just part of the DNA of the squad.
“And with that said, we work hard, we like to play hard, and we like to have fun and enjoy ourselves and these are the absolute biggest moments to do that.”
Morgan herself, though, claimed it was a response to critics from their own nation.
“I wanted to keep it interesting,” she said. “I know Megan Rapinoe has the best celebration. I had to try and step up this game.
“I feel like this team has had so much thrown at them and us. I feel like we didn’t take an easy route through this tournament and ‘that’s the tea’.”
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