It's not too often that you hear of an Irish man captaining an England team, but one Dubliner is in the headlines this morning for all the right reasons.
Eoin Morgan, from Rush, Co. Dublin, captained England to their first-ever Cricket World Cup win yesterday as they beat New Zealand in dramatic fashion.
Morgan has attracted criticism in the past for declaring for England through his English mother, but there's no question that he is a talented player who is capable of playing the sport at its top level.
There was much talk of Brexit and the fact that many immigrants make up England's winning team this morning, while Morgan won praise for noting the team's diversity in the post-match press conference. 'We had Allah with us as well, I spoke to Adil [Rashid] and he said Allah was definitely with us," he joked, when asked by a journalist about the 'luck of the Irish'. "I said we had the rub of the green."
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 14, 2019
Meanwhile, the likes of pro-Brexit politician Jacob Rees-Mogg was ridiculed for commenting 'We clearly don't need Europe to win'...
— Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) July 14, 2019
“We clearly don't need Europe to win..”
But you certainly need an Irish Captain to win. 🇮🇪
— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@OxfordDiplomat) July 14, 2019
— Trevor Warner 🔶 (@trevorw1953) July 15, 2019
Even Leo Varadkar joined in the celebrations...
It’s a wonderful feeling to see an Irishman and Dubliner @Eoin16 lifting the Cricket World Cup. A proud day for all of us. Congratulations Eoin Morgan and England. Our debut test encounter awaits.
— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) July 14, 2019
Others had varying opinions on the matter.
As someone born in England to Irish parents, I get that not everyone in Ireland will have been chuffed that Eoin Morgan lifted the Cricket World Cup for England
He's a Dub, like my late father. I cheered, just as I did when Houghton, Cascarino et al scored for Ireland
— Francis Keogh (@HonestFrank) July 15, 2019
I just love how @Eoin16 saying that the England cricket team had the luck of the Irish and that "we had Allah as well" is going to give the gammon a cardiac arrest. This is England 👏👏👏 #CricketWorldCupFinal
— Dom Joly (@domjoly) July 15, 2019
Eoin Morgan ate the British dry of all their soup.. enough to create some sort of soup famine.. a true fenian.. another blow struck
— Ailish Ní Bhraonáin (@gaylishleninx) July 15, 2019