Declan Rice won’t let a bit of cramp stop him celebrating England’s second goal against Germany, even if he falls in pain in his quest to catch up with Harry Kane.
The midfielder had just returned to the pitch after stretching to get the ball down the right flank when Kane headed home Jack Grealish’s cross to send the Three Lions into dreamland.
But when Rice tried to leave and join in the wild celebrations, she got a cramp in her right leg – causing her to fall dramatically to the ground.
Declan Rice collapsed with cramps as he tried to celebrate England’s second goal against Germany
He was then forced to stretch his legs in the air as he missed the group celebration
While he did not manage to join the pile of players above the England captain, Rice had her own celebration, raising her arms in the air as her knees dropped to the floor.
But he was quickly forced to stretch his right leg as the pain proved too much.
The midfielder insisted the cramp was ‘worth it’ when he shared a video of his collapse on Twitter.
Rice, who has started all of England’s games so far, was replaced by Jordan Henderson after the goal but will be fit and ready to face Ukraine in England’s quarter-finals on Saturday.
However, he got a yellow card in the first half of the last 16 matches and risks being suspended for the semifinals if England advance.
The midfielder insists the cramp is worth it after England advance to the quarter-finals
The 22-year-old says the Three Lions have created a ‘piece of history’ after beating Germany
The 22-year-old said the Three Lions had created a ‘piece of history’ after beating Germany 2-0 at Wembley and insisted the squad believe they can go to the final.
“It’s history,” the midfielder told BBC Sport. “In press conferences throughout the week the players have been asked about the previous game against Germany and today we created a piece of our own history.
“We’ve taken our chances today and are happy to be on the pitch.”
Rice said England’s players were aware of the criticism they received during the competition.
“If you look at the group games, a lot of people underestimate us, there are complaints about our performances, not scoring enough goals,” he told ITV.
“You read a lot of things, but as a player you put that in your mind and you want to prove people wrong and I think today, everyone had fire in their bellies to go there and one, take Germany down. tournament and two, for us, progress to the next round.’
Rice has started all England games so far but was shown a yellow card against Germany
Rice made sure to reiterate that England only take one game at a time, but with just two games between them and a first tournament final in 55 years, he insists the team have real confidence they can go all the way.
We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves because Saturday is a big game too now,” said the West Ham midfielder.
“We travel to Rome and we want to win it and get to the semi-finals.
“All I can say is about today, the opportunity, the fans, the players, how we did in the dressing room. I’ve never been part of a team with this kind of togetherness.
“We’re all involved with each other and we really believe we have the quality and we really believe with the tournament at Wembley we can keep going.”