Sophie Turner Defends Alex Morgan’s Tea-Sipping Goal Celebration

“Unfortunately the U.K. women’s football team lost at the World Cup, and of course, I’m incredibly sad and incredibly proud of that team. But I am so honored that we lost to such an incredible team, the U.S. women’s football team,” Turner said in a series of videos posted to Instagram Friday. “Alex Morgan, all those haters that are saying that this was disrespectful — I’m honored that you thought of me.”

Morgan has faced criticism for her post-goal celebration at the FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal against England on Tuesday. She later said she had been inspired by Turner, who regularly uses the gesture as a social media signoff and used it again in her Friday Instagram videos.

“It wasn’t a hit to England in any way,” Morgan said Friday.