England crashed out of the tournament after losing 2-1 to Croatia after extra time. It was the first time in 28 years that the Three Lions had reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, with manager Gareth Southgate's squad generating a feel-good mood across the country over the past few weeks.
But Morgan insisted that we shouldn't be celebrating the national team's efforts, claiming they are not heroes, they are just a team who lost in the semi-finals of the World Cup.
His co-host Susanna Reid strong disagreed, stating: "They inspired joy and optimism and look what happens when they lose, we're all like cats fighting in a sack again – so they did do something heroic."
Morgan pointed out that the British divers who rescued the 12 children from the cave are real heroes.
"That's what I call a hero," he said. "You win the World Cup – you're a hero. But what I will say is England massively exceeded very low expectations, but in the end they lost, and sport is a game of winning and losing.
"I don't think you'd hear the England team call themselves heroes."
Morgan went on to agree with the assertion that the players shouldn't be given a bus parade and knighthoods.
And on this rare occasion, viewers seemed to agree with Morgan.
Hero's is overused, they are footballers who exceeded all expectations and made us proud. The divers who rescued the young Thai footballers from the cave are true hero's.- ep60 (@ElaineParker60) July 12, 2018
heroes no , but excellent role models to be proud of then yes.- pete (@gotfourboys) July 12, 2018
How are footballers heroes?- Charlotte Flynn (@ccflynnn) July 12, 2018
They've done us proud Piers, but hero is a bit too much man.- Sponge (@nextlevel1009) July 12, 2018
Totally agree with @piersmorgan England have done well to get to the semi-final and should be applauded. But not Heroes. Maybe Celebrations for getting so far.- Christian Murray (@christian191072) July 12, 2018
Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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