Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, will be cheering on England and the “Orange Men” at the World Cup finals in Brazil later this month.
The Mid-Ulster MLA took to social networking site, Twitter, to share the news with his thousands of followers last night and his Tweet went viral.
The Sinn Fein politician drew England in an office sweepstake in Stormont.
Mr. McGuinness has dedicated his life to working towards a united Ireland which would see the North of Ireland separate from the rest of the United Kingdom but he told DerryJournal.com he will also be supporting the “Orange Men”.
“I will be supporting England from a financial gain point of view but from a sporting point of view I will be supporting the Orange Men of the Netherlands,” he said.
Famous Irish comedian, Dara Ó Briain, was one of almost 3,000 people to retweet Mr. McGuiness’ message and former Director of Communications and Strategy for Labour prime minister Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell joked: “(England have) no chance. You [Martin McGuinness] might as well bin it now.”
Irish freelance filmmaker, Darren Kelly, replied via Twitter saying “someone should point out to him that it was a “1-in-32” chance”, a reference to the 32 counties of Ireland.
The World Cup finals begin next Thursday evening in Sao Paulo when hosts, Brazil take on Croatia.