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Declan Rice Explains Reasons Behind Iconic Celebration In England Win

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Declan Rice Explains Reasons Behind Iconic Celebration In England Win

Declan Rice took to social media last night to explain his amazing celebration in England's 4-0 victory against Hungary in Budapest.

The 22 year old, who scored The Three Lions' fourth goal of the night, posted an Instagram story of his celebration after Raheem Sterling had netted the opener, which saw the West Ham star pick up and drink from a plastic cup that had been thrown onto the pitch

He captioned the post with 'Silence the Haters' and included the shushing emoji.

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The celebration was ironic, considering Rice admitted ahead of this summer's Euros that he'd never drank a pint of beer before.

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"Do you know what, until this day I have never had a beer and I am 22," Rice said, as quoted by Daily Mail. "That is the truth. Never had a pint. Don't drink it."

Once again, England players were subjected to racist abuse throughout the ninety minutes, with the home fans loudly booing the visitors as they took the knee before the match and throwing projectiles at Sterling as he wheeled away to celebrate his strike.

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There were also reports that Sterling and teammate Jude Bellingham were victims of racist chanting across the course of the game.

When asked about these incidents, England manager Gareth Southgate said his team will continue to make a stand against racism, even in the face of such hostility.

"I can only go on what you're telling me," he said after the match, as quoted by The Mirror. "And if that's the case, then it's not acceptable.

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Image Credit- PA Images
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We weren't conscious of it on the side. I don't know if the players on the pitch were. But everyone knows what we've spoken about for two or three years. They know what we stand for as a team and we have to hope we can continue to eradicate racism not only in football but from life in general.

FIFA have taken this fixture really seriously, they're taking accounts on everything. I'm not really across all of the process. I'm sure FIFA will gather evidence from different sources.

On the pitch, England delivered a very impressive performance, particularly in the second half, with captain Harry Kane and centre back Harry Maguire joining Sterling and Rice on the scoresheet and sealing a comprehensive victory.

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Southgate's men will now take on Andorra at Wembley this Sunday as they look to build on their 100% record in the qualifying campaign for next year's World Cup.

Topics: World Cup 2022, England, Declan Rice

James Aldred
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