Chris Evans apologises for controversial England verdict ‘It wasn’t an incredible match!’
Chris Evans says England's Euro 2020 match 'wasn't incredible'
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Virgin Radio Breakfast Show DJ Chris Evans, 55, didn’t hold back while discussing England’s Euro 2020 triumph this morning in an on air discussion about the match, which saw the team beat Ukraine 4-0 last weekend for a place in the semi-final. The presenter got onto the subject while reading a message sent in from a listener, who declared that the game was the highlight of her weekend.
Chris said: “From Mandy in Leicester, ‘mine and most of England’s, I presume, win at the weekend was watching the absolutely incredible England vs. Ukraine match’.”
However, Chris was quick to disagree with his listener’s comment, arguing that England were “too good” for their opponents, which made the game less exciting to watch.
Sharing his controversial views on the match, the radio DJ hit back: “Well, it wasn’t an incredible match was it, at all?
“Because we were just too good for them.
“It was like we were playing a team of prize winners.”
“I’m sorry about that UK, but that’s what it looked like,” Chris insisted while apologising to the nation, who were swept up in England’s success over the weekend.
Chris’ co-host Vassos Alexander seemed to agree with his opinion, but added that it was to the credit of manager Gareth Southgate and the team for delivering a very good performance on the pitch.
Vassos chimed: “It was the quarter-finals of the Euros and to Gareth Southgate and England’s enormous credit, it was really boring from about 60 minutes onwards.
“That’s extraordinary! There was no stress, none, zero, nada!”
It comes after fellow presenter Dan Walker, who hosts BBC Breakfast, was scolded by Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse for worrying that England had peaked too early during the match.
The ex Football Focus host expressed his concerns in view of his 715,000 followers.
At first, the 44-year-old wrote: “What is going on? Not used to England playing so well in a major tournament.
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“This is MADNESS. Lovely madness #ENG #EURO2020.”
Following Jordan Henderson’s goal, Dan followed up his post writing: “This is wonderful!!!
“Anyone else worried that we are peaking too early?”
Refusing to acknowledge Dan’s worries, Strictly champ Oti replied: “DON’T.”
Many other celebrities rushed to Twitter on Saturday night to praise the England team, including Dan’s co-star Naga Munchetty.
At first, the presenter commented: “Oh my… #EURO2020.”
Reflecting on the players who scored the goals, she added: “Stretching it now..The 4 H’s (ish) #EURO2020 #EnglandvUkraine.”
Two of the four goals this evening were scored by Harry Kane, while the others were from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.
England will now play Denmark in the semi-final this Wednesday.
Whoever wins the match will take on either Italy or Spain in the final.
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