Monday 11 December 2017

WATCH - Jamie Vardy and England team mates do mannequin challenge during Spain friendly

Jamie Vardy of England (9) celebrates as he scores their second goal during the international friendly match between England and Spain at Wembley
Jamie Vardy of England (9) celebrates as he scores their second goal during the international friendly match between England and Spain at Wembley

Sean Gibson

Jamie Vardy and England celebrated taking a 2-0 lead over Spain at Wembley with their own version of the mannequin challenge.

The optical trick has gradually been seeping into professional sports since breaking as a viral video sensation at the end of October, and the challenge has now permeated the England national team.

Most fans were impressed with display, though there's nothing like a 2-0 advantage at home to one of the best teams in the world to put you in a good mood.

After burying a diving header with a characteristic surge, Vardy got to his feet - and froze.

The move was evidently planned as several teammates soon joined the Leicester frontman, stopping in their tracks.

The inertia was, sadly, contagious, as England sat back and surrendered their two-goal advantage, eventually drawing 2-2.

That the England players expected to score a goal against Spain at all shows a pleasing level of belief, above that which most Three Lions fans have been able to muster recently. So it was a night of positives all round.

As you might expect, England are not the trendsetters when it comes to the mannequin challenge, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal beating them to it with a surreal dressing room video, with the captain in nothing but his undercrackers.

England never looked troubled as interim gaffer Gareth Southgate made another strong case for him to be appointed on a full-time basis.

Vardy, who also won the early penalty that gave England their first goal, showed a sharpness that has largely been lacking from his club performances so far this season - a fact wryly noted by many viewers on social media.

Vardy has been dropped - or 'rotated' - by champions Leicester as the season has progressed, and he will be hoping he can channel his international form into his domestic duties.

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