Gary Lineker compares Lauren James’ ‘crazy moment’ STAMP against Nigeria to David Beckham’s infamous kick at the 1998 World Cup
- Gary Lineker compared Lauren James’ label to the David Beckham incident in 1998
- James was sent off for trampling Nigeria’s Michelle Alozie at the World Cup
- In 1998 Beckham was fired after firing Diego Simeone
- Despite James being sent off, England still managed to beat Nigeria on penalties.
Gary Lineker compared Lauren James’s stamp against Nigeria in the Women’s World Cup to David Beckham’s infamous red card against Argentina in 1998.
With the teams tied 0-0, England Women’s star James stomped on the back of Nigeria’s Michelle Alozie in the 86th minute of the round of 16 clash.
Following a VAR review, James was sent off and Lineker compared the incident to Beckham’s red card at the 1998 World Cup.
In Saint-Etienne Beckham was sent off for kicking Argentine Diego Simeone in the round of 16.
That incident led to Beckham receiving a significant amount of criticism and abuse from England supporters.
Gary Lineker compared Lauren James’ stamp against Nigeria to the David Beckham incident in 1998
In the 1998 World Cup Beckham was sent off for kicking Argentine Diego Simeone
Lineker described James’ actions against Nigeria as “a moment of madness”
Lineker wrote on Twitter: “The @Lionesses are down to 10 as Lauren James has a Beckhamesque wacky moment.”
BBC commentator Vicki Sparks also made the comparison to the Beckham incident, describing James’ actions as “completely unnecessary”.
She said: ‘Shadows of David Beckham against Argentina’s Lauren James.
‘What are you doing? Why do that?
Completely unnecessary of Lauren James.
James had impressed for England in the group stage of the tournament. She scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Denmark.
After that, James was terrific in a 6-1 win over China as she scored twice, provided three assists and was named player of the match.
Despite James’ sending off, England managed to win 4–2 on penalties to reach the quarter-final after the match ended goalless.
James impressed in the group stage but was sent off for her performance against Nigeria