Peter Shilton praises Lionesses ‘honesty’ after Euros win and hits out at 'play-acting' in men's game

The former England goalkeeper said "play-acting" spoils the men's game during a discussion with Nigel Farage

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Peter Shilton has aimed a dig at male footballers as he praised the Lionesses' “honesty” following their European Championships triumph.

The Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 after extra time in front of 87,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, securing the first major tournament title for the country since 1966.

Speaking following the win, former England goalkeeper Mr Shilton has hailed the “attitude” shown by the Lionesses throughout the tournament.

He said on GB News’ Farage: “It couldn’t have been any better really, I thought it was great game.

Peter Shilton and Nigel Farage
Peter Shilton and Nigel Farage
The Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 after extra time in front of 87,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium on Sunday
The Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 after extra time in front of 87,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium on Sunday

“Bit more physical to start with than I’ve seen with women’s football, the Germans I thought tried to knock us off our stride.

“But right throughout the tournament, the football they played, attacking football and their attitude was superb.

“There was no playacting, very few moans at the referee, It was just good honest, open football.”

Nigel then replied by saying: "Yes, not many prima donnas, nobody with a silly show-off haircut that’s what I thought about it.

“They all seemed genuine and nice and the joy seemed real.”

He later asked: “Has the sheer amount of money spoilt it a little bit?”

Before Mr Shilton responded: “I think there’s an element of that, you get a little bit the word prima donnas, you do get a bit that I think.

“And a lot of play acting and players going down for no reason I’m afraid which I think spoils it, I think the crowd appreciated the honesty of the women’s game.”