How are you supposed to celebrate when your country has just scored an injury-time winner against your closest rivals in an international tournament?
Just ask Gary Neville.
If Gareth Bale questioned England’s passion before the match, he can’t have been talking about the coach. Because Neville showed just how much he cares about his country with his brilliant reaction to Daniel Sturridge’s 92nd-minute winner.
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When the Liverpool striker prodded the ball home to give England the three points, the Three Lions went wild. But, instead of a few high-fives in the technical area with Roy Hodgson and the other members of staff, Neville wanted to be one of the players.
He sprinted down the touchline and was one of the first to celebrate with the hero, Sturridge.
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There’s also a video of him jumping on captain Wayne Rooney as he made his way back to his technical area.
How’s that for passion, Gareth?
Everyone on Twitter was absolutely loving the former Manchester United and England defender:
For much of the match, it looked as though Bale’s comments could well be spot on. It was his free-kick from as much as 35-yards that gave Wales a first-half lead.
He struck it well enough but England’s goalkeeper, Joe Hart, will feel he should have done much better.
Roy Hodgson kept the same side from the draw with Russia on Saturday but, with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling having a quiet 45 minutes, the Three Lions boss decided to replace them at half-time with Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge.
It proved to be a fantastic move from the manager.
Vardy, with virtually his first touch, equalised just 11 minutes into the second-half. However, despite heavy pressure, Wales looked as though they would hold out for a point.
That was, until the second minute of stoppage time.
Sturridge played the ball into Marcus Rashford - who had come on for Adam Lallana in the 73rd minute - before Dele Alli flicked the ball back into Sturridge’s path.
With very little backlift and surrounded by defenders, Sturridge prodded the ball past Wayne Hennessy to send the entire nation - including Neville - into ecstasy.
It was more than just celebrating beating a neighbouring country. A draw would have left the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 campaign hanging by a thread. Two points from their opening two matches would have seen them needing to beat Slovakia to progress but that late winner has changed everything.
England are now top of their group against of Monday’s match and know that a point would guarantee a last-16 place while a win would ensure they finish top.
A little message to Mr. Bale. Don’t ever question England’s passion ever again.
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