Even to British soaps are usually as far detached from reality as possible, long-running “east London” based soap ‘EastEnders’ risked incurring the wrath of Tottenham Hotspur fans last night (12.07.18) by poking fun at the club’s England players.

The BBC’s flagship soap has made numerous references to the Three Lions’ World Cup progress in the last few weeks including last-minute scenes in episodes, and last night was no different as Mel Owen (Tamzin Outhwaite) blamed England’s semi-final defeat to Croatia on there being “too many Tottenham players” in the side.

The character was speaking to her on screen son Hunter Owen (Charlie Winter), and said: “He should’ve taken off Alli, not Sterling. Far too many Tottenham players.”

Outhwaite was shocked to see she had lost 5,000 Twitter followers since the clip aired She tweeted: “I thought I’d lost 5000 followers for the last min scene on Eastenders re the World Cup game, where I said ” in his defence he should have taken off Alli not Sterling .Far too many Tottenham players

“Was going to say to all Spurs players “it’s a script… I play a character” …

So the soap, set in the fictional Walford borough, having a pop at Spurs players. I suppose it’s been influenced by certain characters and actors affiliation to West Ham. You’d have to wonder how much influence Arsenal supporting Outhwaite had over the script that day.

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