A lot of the focus in the build up to England’s World Cup campaign centred around Raheem Sterling.
The 23-year-old is coming off of his best season as a professional, scoring 23 goals and providing 12 assists in all competitions for Manchester City, but that was quickly forgotten about when Sterling got a tattoo of a gun on his leg.
It quickly attracted controversy, with Sterling dominating headlines for reasons he wouldn’t have liked in the build up to a major tournament.
Sterling’s teammates came out in support of him and the focus turned to what really mattered, the football.
The winger was named in the starting line-up for England’s opener against Tunisia on Monday evening.
But he didn’t have his shooting boots on in the early stages.
Sterling fluffed his lines from close range after being played in by Jesse Lingard.
With the goal at his mercy, Sterling didn’t connect with the ball and sent it wide.
Fortunately for the player, the referee’s assistant had already raised his flag as Lingard was deemed to be offside when the ball was played to him by Dele All.
Yet it was still an awful miss by Sterling.
England fans were laughing about his miss, which was quickly forgotten about when Harry Kane opened the scoring in the 11th minute, except for Piers Morgan.
The TV host was among those who criticised Sterling for his tattoo and he tweeted in reference to it after Sterling’s miss.
“Oh Raheem, you can't ink a machine gun onto your leg then shoot like that,” Morgan wrote.
Morgan’s tweet hasn’t gone done well with England supporters who have had enough of his rhetoric.
“Why do you have to ruin literally everything mate,” Twitter user @91st_minute wrote.
It's easy to understand why so many are annoyed with Morgan.
Morgan was celebrating shortly afterwards.
Kane turned home after John Stones’s header was saved as England took a deserved lead.
Tunisia made it 1-1 10 minutes before half-time, though, when Ferjani Sassi converted a penalty after Kyle Walker's foul.
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