David Beckham Cops Huge Backlash For Referring To The England Women’s Team As ‘Girls’

David Beckham is facing huge backlash after referring to the England Lionesses team as 'girls'.
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David Beckham is facing a huge backlash after referring to the England Lionesses as ‘girls’.

The Lionesses beat the host nation Australia in the semi-finals of the World Cup – making them the first senior England side to reach a World Cup final since 1966.

This match saw a number of celebrities wish the team luck and congratulate them on social media.

However, Beckham’s message has seen him receive a wave of backlash.

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In the clip, the former England captain says: “Hey girls!

“I just wanted to say, wow. What a tournament it’s been so far. It’s been so much fun to watch and we’re all so proud as a nation of what you’ve achieved already.

“Seeing you girls play as a team, it’s been really incredible. So continue to do so, good luck in this next game, and just know that our whole nation is behind you, as always. And good luck.”

Beckham’s daughter, Harper, also makes an appearance and wishes the team good luck before the 48-year-old finishes his message.

He adds:  “Keep inspiring these girls because it’s incredible to watch, and I am very, very happy that you’re doing it for this one.”

“Good luck, girls!”

While the message had good intentions, it seems that people have a problem with Beckham addressing the women’s team as ‘girls’.

“Next step: call us WOMEN not girls once we’re adults, please!” writes one person.

Another person adds: “Why girls?? They are women out there!!!”

“It’s WOMEN not girls,” slams a third viewer.

Someone else adds: “They’re women David. Women!”

However, some are defending the former Manchester United player.

Someone explains: “People in the comments kicking off that he called them ‘girls’.

“Not being funny, but not once watching the team have I shouted ‘come on women’ It’s always ‘come on girls’ [or] ‘let’s go girls’.

“Same as when I watch the men’s team… I never shout ‘come on men’.”

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Another person agrees, saying: “‘Come on boys or come on lads’ is a common term for the men’s national team.

“Same thing. Do you hear anyone getting offended by that? Absolutely not! Non-story. Come on England!”

A third person comments: “I’m amazed reading the negative comments from people instead of appreciating his well wishes.”

England will be playing Spain in the final of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday August 20. If they win, they will become the first England team since 1966 to win a World Cup.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.