CNN host Piers Morgan sparked a debate on Twitter after calling out Dublin-born Eoin Morgan (no relation), the Captain of the English cricket team, who declines to sing “God Save the Queen,” England's national anthem, as part of his role.
Piers, whose father is from Offaly, tweeted:
And if you want to captain England, @Eoin16 - then sing the damn national anthem, too.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 22, 2015
The former English soccer player, Gary Lineker, came to the Irish cricketer’s defense saying “Not everyone is comfortable singing. Some do, some don't. Doesn't alter performance.”
I'm Irish, but if I made myself available to play for England at any sport, I'd sing the English national anthem. End.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 22, 2015
This is the Irish cricketer’s first World Cup as captain of the English team and it didn’t go well on Friday as the English were thoroughly beaten by the host nation, New Zealand, in Wellington.