LORRAINE have apologised for Larry the psychic parrot after he “lied” about the Women’s World Cup final result.
Larry had predicted the Lionesses would win the Sydney showdown with Spain.
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But Sarina Wiegman’s side were beaten 1-0 after Olga Carmona’s first-half strike.
Larry the parrot had previously predicted all other results at the tournament correctly.
But hosts on the ITV show felt compelled to apologise after Larry built up viewers’ hopes – only to have them dashed by England’s defeat.
Presenter Ranvir Singh opened Monday’s show by saying sorry to viewers – joking the “liar” was “on the phone to his lawyers”.
She said: “We do have to start today’s show with an apology, Larry, our psychic parrot, got it spectacularly wrong on Friday.
“Larry, he predicted that England would win the World Cup final… he’s on the phone to his lawyers right now as we speak.
“His career is over, I’m afraid, Larry, you’re a liar – that’s all we’ve got to say.”
The Lionesses are flying home after a memorable World Cup campaign which saw them beat Nigeria, Colombia and hosts Australia in the knock-out rounds.
That sparked calls for there to be a public holiday to commemorate the achievement.
Fans are still demanding a bank holiday despite defeat in the final, though it appears the call will fall on deaf ears.
England’s amazing run to the final saw the squad pocket a £2.4million prize money pot for the FA from Fifa.
That £2.4m is likely to be split between the players and the FA – with the governing body historically giving 40 per cent to the squad in their previous tournaments for the men.
Should the same percentages be used for the women this time around, the 23 heroic Lionesses would get £41,700 each with £1.44m going back into the FA.