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BBC pundit tips Scotland star for England

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The BBC have been left red-faced by another gaffe by its team of football pundits.

In his Premier League team on the BBC website, Garth Crooks tipped West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Morrison for an England call-up, saying:

"This is a player Roy Hodgson should now be taking a keen interest in."

Morrison has indeed enjoyed a fine start to the season, while England boss Hodgson has called up the unheralded likes of Adam Lallana and Jake Livermore to recent squads.

The only problem? Morrison already has 23 caps. For Scotland.

In Crooks's partial defence, Morrison was born and grew up in the North-East of England, and he represented the country of his birth at youth levels.

However, the error becomes less forgiveable when you remember that Morrison has started four matches for his country this calendar year, and is in Craig Levein's squad for the upcoming World Cup double-header against Wales and Belgium.

The offending passage was subsequently removed from the article.

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Earlier this year, Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen was mocked for predicting an impossible semi-final line-up at Euro 2012.

Hansen tipped Germany, Netherlands and Portugal to reach the last four - all were in Group B, meaning at least one was certain to get knocked out before the semi-finals.

Gary Lineker defended his colleague, insisting Hansen was naming "his top four contenders, not his four semi-finalists."

Match of the Day presenter Lineker courted controvesy last week when presenting Champions League coverage on Qatar-based network Al Jazeera.

After scoring, Montepellier's Karim Ait-Fana and team-mate Younes Belhanda knelt to pray in a manner common to Muslim players such as Premier League stars Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse.

However Lineker joked: "A terrific effort from Karim Ait-Fana, who scored from just outside the area and then ate you do."

He later apologised for the error, saying: "I'm sorry but I'm not aware of every player's religion."

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