Gary Lineker
Gary Lineker faces a backlash on Twitter after making an inappropriate jokeTim Whitby/Getty Images Europe

Gary Lineker has sparked outrage on Twitter after making an inappropriate joke about security surrounding the England team following the Brussels terror attacks. He was responding to a statemnet by Roy Hodgson.

In his final press conference before Saturday's friendly in Germany, manager Roy Hodgson said: 'We have people around us who work very hard to make sure we are secure,' to offer reassurance to fans ahead of friendlies against Joachim Low's side and Holland.

"I think we all worry about our defence," Lineker responded on social media. The offensive tweet immediately prompted a backlash as Twitter users condemned the remark.

"Very, very bad taste," said one. "Absolutely not called for mate," added another. One Twiiter sued commented: "That's pretty crass Gary." While another simply stated: "Inappropriate."

Lineker previously quit Twitter after claiming it was "consuming his life."

Attacks in the Belgian capital earlier this week claimed the lives of 31 innocent people and left over 250 more injured. Islamic State (Isis) claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings, in the departure lounge of the Zaventem airport and a second explosion on a packed subway train at the Maalbeek station, near the EU headquarters