Harry Maguire has been mocked after being ‘linked’ with a move to a non-league club.
The out-of-favour Manchester United defender, 30, was spotted outside a seaside ice cream parlour.
But the England centre-back was ridiculed for what he was doing in Mablethorpe, near Skegness, Lincolnshire.
Some cruelly said he was set to join lowly Mablethorpe FC – in the East Lincolnshire Football Combination Division.
That is 11 divisions below the Premier League.
Maguire – whose £30million transfer to West Ham fell through before deadline day – posed for a selfie with worker Sharnie.
A Mablethorpe Ice Cream Co spokesperson said: “Here is our Sharnie, outside the shop tonight with Harry Maguire.
“So this week, Mablethorpe has been crowned number one beach in the UK, and now is a celebrity hot spot.”
Local Alan Snatt joked: “Has Maguire finally found his level?
“And what league do Mablethorpe play in?”
Angela Bryant quipped: “Offer him a job. He’s not busy on matchdays.”
Charlie Carter added: “No wonder he’s smiling.
“He’s being paid millions to do absolutely nothing and still walks into the England squad.”
Sarah Kilpatrick said: “What’s he doing in Mablethorpe?
“All the celebs are flocking.”
Dale Goodyear – poked fun at his ‘Slashed’ nickname due to his large bonce – said: “Did he come for a slab of ice cream?”
Maguire – capped 57 times for the Three Lions – has slipped down the pecking order at United under Erik Ten Hag and has been stripped of the captaincy.
Despite not playing for his club he was still selected by Gareth Southgate for the squad to face Ukraine in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Saturday and a friendly v Scotland on Tuesday.
Maguire – married to Fern Hawkins – paid the visit to Mablethorpe last Thursday (31 Aug).
He used to play nearby at Hull.