The English Football Association apologised on Monday over a tweet about Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane during the weekend FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United.
The 24-year-old failed to fire in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Man United which was largely down to a fine performance by central defender Chris Smalling in keeping Kane quiet.
That prompted a tweet on the official FA account: “What’s in your pocket, Chris?” with a video of United defender Chris Smalling saying “Harry Kane”.
The tweet was shared thousands of times before it was subsequently deleted.
“We have written to both clubs to apologise for any offence caused,” a FA spokesman said.
Tottenham were understood to be furious at the social media post, coming hot on the heels of widespread mockery sent in Kane’s direction after the club appealed to award the striker awarded a goal against Stoke that had initially been given to teammate Christian Eriksen.
Kane will be in action under the FA’s banner this summer when he represents England at the World Cup finals in Russia.
Indeed, he could end up captaining the national side at the finals in Russia in June and, what could end up making the tweet even more ironic, Smalling may find himself left at home this summer, having been dropped from the national squad by Southgate last year.
© Agence France-Presse (with further edits from Simon O’Keeffe)