The Match Of The Day host, who roomed with the legendary goalkeeper when they played together for England, was unhappy at Shilton’s tweet supporting arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg. Shilton wrote last night: “Have been so impressed with @Jacob_Rees_Mogg @Conservatives @itvnews with interviews in the last few days. He really knows what he is talking about and puts it across in a calm and calculated manner.”
Lineker responded: “What’s that old saying? You should never see a tweet from your heroes?”
The striker, who won 80 England caps and scored 48 goals for England during his eight-year-international career, regularly voices his political views on social media and has previously been heavily critical about Brexit.
He and Shilton played together together in the 1986 and 1990 World Cup campaigns under Sir Bobby Robson.
But clearly they are not on the same team when it comes to Brexit and some fans even implored Lineker to “Have a word” in echoes of his famous gesture to manager Robson during the 1990 World Cup over tearful Paul Gascoigne.
The Twitter exchange also prompted ex-England player Peter Reid to come out in support of Lineker.
He wrote: “I’ll agree to disagree on that one goalie. He’s loopy, doesn’t know his a**e from his elbow.”
Lineker also blasted another ex-teammate Chris Waddle and urged him to “stick to football” after he tweeted: “Well done Theresa May. Now let’s leave with no deal.”
Although Waddle has since deleted the tweet, Shilton declared that the Brexiteer footballers were now “back in the game” after a fan tweeted that they were “two-all now on the World Cup Brexit stakes @GaryLineker joined by @reid6peter against @chriswaddle93 and @Peter_Shilton.”
The tweets came after Mr Rees-Mogg last night declared that Theresa May has “lost her moral and political authority” after 117 Conservative MPs voted against the Prime Minister’s Tory Party leadership in a confidence motion.
Despite her surviving the vote, Mr Rees Mogg called for Mrs May to resign and insisted he would continue to oppose her Brexit deal.