England footballer Jesse Lingard, 26, joked about wanting to “punch” Piers Morgan, 54, during an interview with LADbible. The video, which was shared on the publication’s YouTube channel earlier today, featured the sportsman being asked questions, including: “If you had to punch a famous person, who would you punch?” Barely missing a beat, Jesse replied coolly: “Piers Morgan.”
Laughter could be heard from the crew on set, who were clearly entertained by his answer.
Jesse smiled and let out a slight chuckle.
SPORTbible, part of the LADbible franchise, later shared the clip with their 1.3 million Twitter followers.
Piers clearly saw the tweet appear in his mentions and used Twitter to take a verbal swipe at Jesse in return.
“Mate @JesseLingard - you’re a 5ft 7in, 128lb stick insect with the muscle power of a neutered Poodle,” he wrote, in view of his own 6.6 million followers.
“So maybe cut the Mike Tyson chat, yeah?”
Social media users took to the comments section, with many picking sides in the burgeoning spat.
Piers Morgan Twitter: GMB host took a swipe at Jesse Lingard (Image: GETTY • ITV)
Piers Morgan Twitter: GMB star hit back after Jesse