POOR Micah Richards was hilariously trolled by Gary Lineker ahead of England’s World Cup opener.
The Three Lions began their campaign in Qatar with a brilliant 6-2 victory over Iran this afternoon.
The match was being broadcast live on BBC One with ex-England striker Lineker on hosting duties.
He was joined in the studio at the ground by a star-studded panel of Newcastle icon Alan Shearer, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand and former Man City defender Richards.
Three out of the four represented the Three Lions at a World Cup back in their playing days.
And Lineker was quick to let the odd one out know about it right at the start of the show.
He said: “Here at the Khalifa Stadium we are joined by two former England captains in Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand.
“And after Fabio Capello in 2010 and Roy Hodgson in 2014 both left him out, finally, it’s a World Cup debut for Micah Richards.”
A laughing Richards said: “I’m here! Thank you, thank you.”
Despite the smiles in the studio, there were concerns elsewhere at the Beeb.
Fans were left fuming after iPlayer went down and left them unable to watch or listen to the start of England’s World Cup adventure.
Millions will have been tuning in to BBC One to catch all of the action from the game.
However, loads were left raging after a problem with BBC’s iPlayer forced them to miss the kick-off, which led to Lineker apologising for the troubles at half time.
They were also unable to tune-in to the commentary on BBC Radio Five Live due to the technical issues – and they quickly took to Twitter to vent their anger at the Beeb.