​Former Leeds United and Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan has been criticised after allegedly making a homophobic comment on Twitter.

The 41-year-old, who played twice for the England U21 side, is said to have made the comment ahead of Leeds' trip to Brighton last Friday, which the Seagulls won 2-0 thanks to goals from Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed.

"Ok I’m taking a***hole insurance out for one night, this feels all wrong, sleeping back against the wall one eye open,” the post reads.

Whelan's supposed post was met with criticism, with one social media user writing: "I have a 98 ccfc shirt upstairs with your name on the back. Kept it all these year. Think I will chuck it away now."

Whelan spent two years at Leeds, scoring seven goals in 48 league appearances before moving to Coventry City. During his time with the Sky Blues, Whelan scored 31 goals in 133 appearances before spending time with the likes of Middlesbrough, Millwall and Derby County.

He now works as a co-commentator for Leeds games, while he also applied for Coventry's vacant managerial position in 2010, a role which was eventually filled by Aidy Boothroyd.