LONDON (AP) -- The English Football Association has apologized for a tweet it subsequently deleted about its Women's World Cup team which prompted criticism across social media.
After England returned from its third-place finish in Canada, the FA wrote on Twitter on Monday: "Our Lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on another title -- heroes."
It linked to a story which was later amended to only say that England "returned home as heroes."
FA content editor James Callow tweeted: "Sorry if I caused offence. The piece is intended to sum up a nice moment when players are reunited with their families. I reject any accusation of sexism."
Callow added that "human interest is a big part of any sport reporting."