Lineker couldn't help but fire a barb at those who were celebrating the end of the Manchester United legend and Everton star's career on the international stage.
As a former world-class striker and ex-England international, Gary Lineker knows all about playing at the top level of the game.
The Match of the Day and BT Sports host is also well accustomed with dealing with negativity and Twitter trolling and, in the wake of Wayne Rooney announcing his retirement from international football, felt those poor opinions on the Three Lions' record goalscorer were in bad taste.
So much so, in fact, that Lineker couldn't help but fire a barb at those who were celebrating the end of the Manchester United legend and Everton star's career on the international stage:
Lineker is right in his assessment of Rooney's achievements, despite his failure to win a major international trophy with England. You don't reach 119 caps and eclipse Sir Bobby Charlton's striking haul if you don't have something about you.
That didn't stop some fans from replying en masse to Lineker in the aftermath of his tweet, and some felt obliged to launch attacks back at him - some even in a humorous manner:
Surely everyone is allowed an opinion on him?— Tom White (@tomwhite7) August 23, 2017
Stick to ya Walkers adverts— R. Jones ☆ (@RockyWhu) August 23, 2017
I picked Rooney four times to play for England on Football Manager, so I think I know more than a TV presenter!— George Bernard Shaw (@Melonhead999) August 23, 2017
Pro evolution is clearly the intellectuals game of choice— james kavanagh (@kavjames) August 23, 2017
Winning division 1 on Ultimate team is harder than scoring 53 goals for England let me tell you— Shaun Myers (@ShaunyMyers) August 23, 2017
It's good to witness that some fans actually see the funny side of Lineker's FIFA jibe, if nothing else!
Everyone else? Let's just a nice cup of tea and calm ourselves down, eh?