The Labour leader shared an “inspirational message” from Bill Shankly, who he described as “one of our country’s finest ever football managers”.
Mr Corbyn, who is an Arsenal fan, tweeted: “As we prepare for England’s first match in the #WorldCup, here’s an inspirational message from one of our country’s finest ever football managers.
“I wish our fans a safe tournament and the players the best of luck. Let’s get a win.”
However, Shankly is Scottish and not English.
Indeed the legendary manager, who led Liverpool to three league titles and two FA Cups during a storied stint at Anfield, once remarked about playing for Scotland: “It’s fantastic. You look down at your dark blue shirt, and the wee lion looks up at you and says, ‘Get out after the English…!'”
England v Scotland is the oldest international fixture in the world – with the Three Lions often referred to as the “Auld Enemy” by the Tartan Army.
Many Twitter users were quick to take Mr Corbyn to task for his post:
But some said those ribbing the Labour leader were being unduly pedantic, pointing out that Shankly made his name playing and managing in England:
England won 2-1 thanks to a brace from striker Harry Kane, with the winner coming in stoppage time.
Mr Corbyn tweeted after the game: “Great start to England’s #WorldCup campaign.
“Fought right until the end and deserved the win. Bring on Panama. #ENGTUN”