Alex Morgan trolls England with ‘sipping on tea’ celebration

Alex Morgan powered home the winning header against England to help the United States reach the women's World Cup final on Tuesday but it was her 'tea-sipping' goal celebration that has caused a stir.

After putting the United States 2-1 up in the 31st minute, Morgan ran to the sideline and stopped to sip an imaginary cup of tea, sparking a slew of memes and American Revolution references on social media.

The victory came two days before Independence Day in the United States, which commemorates the Declaration of Independence from Britain by 13 American colonies in 1776.

Morgan came in for some criticism for the celebration, with England international Lianne Sanderson describing it as "distasteful".

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Soccer Football - Women's World Cup - Semi Final - England v United States - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - July 2, 2019 Alex Morgan of the U.S. celebrates scoring their second goal with Rose Lavelle REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup - Semi Final - England v United States - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - July 2, 2019 Alex Morgan of the U.S. celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Soccer Football - Women's World Cup - Semi Final - England v United States - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - July 2, 2019 Alex Morgan of the U.S. celebrates scoring their second goal as England's Carly Telford and Demi Stokes look dejected REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: The England starting lineup during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Christen Press of USA celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Christen Press of USA (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Alex Morgan of USA reacts during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Lucy Bronze of England during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Alex Morgan of USA celebrates scoring the winning goal with Tobin Heath during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Alex Morgan of USA celebrates scoring their 2nd goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Millie Bright of England is shown her 1st yellow card during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Alyssa Naeher of USA claims the ball as Ellen White of England looks on during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: England reserve squad poses for photos during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Ettie the mascot of Womens World Cup during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Ellen White of England reacts during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: USA squad celebrates with Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher of United States after winning the match during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Alex Morgan of United States (L) and Allie Long of United States (R) celebrates after winning the match during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images)
LYON, FRANCE - JULY 02: Millie Bright of England consoles teammate Jill Scott of England following their team's defeat in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 02, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Ellen White (Birmingham City WFC) of England celebrates after scoring her sides first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Carly Telford (Chelsea FCW) of England celebrates goal her teammate during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Phillip Neville head coach of England celebretes goal of his team during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Fran Kirby (Chelsea FCW) of England dejected after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Lucy Bronze (Olympique Lyon) of England dejected after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Semi Final match between England and USA at Stade de Lyon on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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"I think tonight I expected Alex to grab a goal, but I'm not that happy with that celebration," the Juventus forward told beIN Sports.

"I could be wrong but it's based upon playing against England and we love our tea in England. I'm not a tea drinker but that's what we're connected with so I think it's a little bit distasteful."

Morgan said the celebration was her way of responding to the U.S. team critics, who have accused the defending champions of arrogance.

"I wanted to keep it interesting," she said. "I know Megan Rapinoe has the best celebration. I had to try and step up this game.

"I feel like this team has had so much thrown at them and us. I feel like we didn't take an easy route through this tournament and 'that's the tea.'"

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