Northern Ireland Women’s manager, Kenny Shiels has made an outlandish claim that women are more likely to concede goals in quick succession than men because they’re more emotional.

Speaking after his side’s loss to England by 5-0 in front of of a bumper 15,348 crowd at Windsor Park, as Northern Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s Women’s World Cup were ended.

“In the women’s game, I’ve noticed, as I’m sure you’re aware, if you go through the patterns,’ Shields said.

“When a team concedes a goal they concede a second one in a very very short period of time, right through the whole spectrum of the women’s game, because girls and women are more emotional than men.

“So, they take a goal going and they don’t take that very well. So if you watch, you go through the stats, which journalists loves to do, go through the stats, you’ll see team conceding goals in 18 and 21 minutes.

“When we went 1-0 down we tried to slow it down to give them time to get that emotional imbalance out of their heads. That’s an issue we have. Not just in Northern Ireland but all of the countries in the world.’ Shiels then remarked: ‘I shouldn’t have told you that.”