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BBC host Gary Lineker aims cheeky dig at ITV with England out to defy ‘curse’ in World Cup last-16 clash against Ecuador

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GARY LINEKER couldn’t help but take a sly dig at ITV after revealing they’ll broadcast England’s World Cup last-16 tie with Senegal.

England booked their place in the knockout stages of the tournament with a 3-0 win over Wales on Tuesday night.

England romped to a 3-0 win over Wales to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup
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The Three Lions’ last-16 clash with Senegal will be broadcast on ITV[/caption]

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BBC host Gary Lineker plugged the match for ITV – albeit with a little dig[/caption]

And BBC host Lineker stunned fans by publicly plugging ITV’s coverage of Sunday’s match against Senegal.

The former Everton and Three Lions hitman said: “England finished top and will take on Senegal at 7pm on Sunday.

“And that’s on live on, well – uh – ITV. Oh well.”

And fans we convinced Lineker was referencing the BBC’s rival channel’s infamous England CURSE.

Since 1998, 28 of England’s matches at major tournaments have been aired on the nation’s second-biggest broadcaster.

But they have only won SIX of those games – a record Gareth Southgate will hope to improve on this weekend.

And one fan wrote: “Lineker: ‘live on … itv .. oh well’… ffs that’s us out then! #itvcurse.”

One added: “It’s the ITV curse Gary. England are always p*** poor on ITV.”


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Another said: “Curse of ITV at the big competitions strikes again . If itv loved football they wouldn’t show it.”

Southgate was impressed with his troop’s demolition of the Welsh, saying: “I thought in the first half we controlled the game but didn’t create enough chances.

“We wanted more thrust and threat, to play forward quicker.

“Once we got the two goals, we knew their spirit was gone, it has been a tough tournament for them.”

Southgate was full of praise for Manchester United hitman Marcus Rashford, who bagged a spectacular brace.

The 52-year-old said of Rashford’s double: “It’s great for him, he has trained really well.

“He has been impressive since he came back to us, he could have had a hat-trick. That free kick is what he is capable of, it’s an incredible strike.

“In moments, I thought both of them [Rashford and Foden] were quiet in the first half, so we switched wings.

“They responded well, for both to get goals was great.”



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