has given an insight into his memorable goal celebration with Jordan Henderson during England’s win over , saying that when his teammate got so close to him, he just had to commit.
Henderson scored England’s opener against the African champions, sweeping the ball home from a Bellingham pass to set the Three Lions on their way to a 3-0 win.
After the goal, Henderson pointed to Bellingham then got right in his face, with the two midfielders putting their foreheads together and staring into each other’s eyes in a pretty intense celebration.
It obviously wasn’t pre-planned, but a memorable reaction to the huge goal and Bellingham explained how he just went with the flow.
‘To be honest he got so, like, close and I was thinking, right, if this is what we are going to do we have to commit, don’t we?’ Bellingham told
‘So I went and he went really hard you know, proper hard, like right there. And that’s why my back’s arched like that, because I am thinking like he’s proper hard here and he’s proper close.
‘So I kind of just had to turn the core on a bit, lean forward and get into a bit of more of a comfortable position.
‘But it was a good moment. Something that, you know, lives forever, them kind of celebrations and hopefully, people will be talking about it for a long time.’
Henderson clearly found Bellingham’s explanation funny, replying to the Instagram post with four laughing emojis.
Bellingham has been one of the standout players of the World Cup so far and will certainly be starting when England face France on Saturday.
Henderson did not start either of the first two games but has been impressive in wins over Wales and Senegal and may well have earned his place in the starting XI in the quarter-finals as a result.
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