Irish budget airline Ryanair faces backlash after mocking England’s World Cup exit with cheeky ‘they’re coming home’ tweet
- The Irish budget airline mocked England’s World Cup mantra on Twitter
- Customers were divided, with many fans responding with returning jibes
- One wrote: ‘You’ve just lost a lot of customers with this tweet’
Ryanair has faced backlash after making a cheeky joke about England’s World Cup defeat to France.
After Gareth Southgate’s side’s 2-1 loss on Saturday, the Irish budget airline mockingly echoed England’s World Cup mantra on Twitter by saying ‘they’re coming home’ above an image of an airport departures sign.
Social media users were divided over the joke, with one saying: ‘You’ve just lost a lot of customers with this tweet.’
Another wrote: ‘Correct me if I’m wrong but Ireland never even got into the group stages let alone out of them for the round of 16 or beyond.’
Ryanair has faced backlash after making a cheeky joke about England’s World Cup defeat to France
A third said: ‘Maybe if you put as much effort into customer service and keeping your customers updated when facing 7hour delays with no updates, as you do your advertising campaigns, we wouldn’t be stuck in Dublin airport at 3am in the morning with no idea of when we’re going home
However, others found the jibe funny, with one making a jokey reference to Harry Kane’s penalty miss.
They asked: ‘That’s lousy. Did the penalty shot nearly hit one of your planes?’
Social media users were divided over the joke, with many responding with their own jibes at Ryanair
In response, the airline said ‘almost did’ and doubled down further by posting a mock video of a football narrowly missing one of its planes.
England’s match against France had been much-anticipated, with many fans believing that this year would be the tournament where the Three Lions ended their 56-year trophy drought.
The side went 1-0 down in the first half before equalising early in the second.
When they conceded another goal later on, captain Harry Kane had a chance to equalise once again in the 84th minute, but his penalty kick went over Hugo Lloris’s crossbar.
However, others found the jibe funny, with one making a jokey reference to Harry Kane’s penalty miss
England fans have since rued the ‘missed opportunity’ Southgate’s squad made their return home from Qatar.
Midfielder Jude Bellingham was seen signing autographs for supporters gathered outside England’s Souq Al Wakra base before he got the main players’ coach heading to Doha Airport to catch a Birmingham-bound flight.
Jack Grealish, Harry Maguire, Phil Foden and Trent Alexander-Arnold were among the first seen departing their Qatar base while supporters in the country also booked flights to return home.
Karen Barham, 60, was flying back home on Sunday after following the Three Lions at the tournament since the opening 6-2 win against Iran.
England’s match against France had been much-anticipated, with many fans believing that this year would be the tournament where the Three Lions ended their 56-year trophy drought
The solicitor, from Guildford, said: ‘I can’t fault the effort, they gave it everything, but you can’t expect to win the World Cup on penalties and no goals from open play – we needed more speed and incision in the final third.
‘France had that final clinical finish that we didn’t. Heartbreaking.’
On whether Southgate should continue in his role, Ms Barham replied: ‘I think so, yes. He’s still under contract and should stay at least until Euro 2024.
‘I’m sure (Newcastle United manager) Eddie Howe will succeed him at some future point.’
There was better news for one member of England’s camp – Dave the cat.
Dave was adopted by the players as their mascot after he spent time around them at their hotel.
Defender Kyle Walker had promised to bring Dave home if they won the tournament, but despite the quarter-final defeat the players will still rehome him.
Dave is expected to spend four months in quarantine before heading to his new home, with the team yet to decide who will keep him.