Gary Lineker has revealed that more people watched Derby County's FA Cup penalty shoot-out victory over Southampton, than Theresa May's Brexit speech on a day when her government defeated a no-confidence motion.

On BBC1 Republic of Ireland defender Richard Keogh slotted home the crucial spot-kick to swing a penalty shootout Derby County's way and dump Southampton out of the FA Cup, at the same time as Mrs May's speech outside 10 Downing Street.

With extra-time in the FA Cup clash, coverage of the British Prime Minister's speech was moved from BBC1 to BBC2.

Viewership figures for the Cup replay peaked at 4.6 million during the penalty shootout, 2m more that watched the speech on BBC2.

In a tweet responding to criticism for not having the speech on BBC1, Lineker confirmed: "Personally I don’t have strong feelings either way but thought you’d like to know that 600K switched to BBC2 at 10 for the news. By 10.10 a million came back to BBC1. Football peaked at 4.6m for pens. 2m more than ensuing news."

As well as scoring the crucial penalty in the game, Keogh turned in an admirable performance for the Rams in the heart of defence.

You might even call him an Irish backstop.