ENGLAND stars Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish were spotted doing their best Harry Maguire impressions after England reached the Euro 2020 final on Wednesday.
The pair were spotted chatting to family and friends at Wembley after the extra-time win over Denmark and the footage immediately drew comparisons with shots of Maguire from the World Cup in 2018.
Three Lions centre-back Maguire was caught in a now timeless shot after he nodded England’s opener in their 2-0 World Cup quarter-final win over Sweden in 2018.
It’s a meme that has taken a life of its own since with millions of fans sharing the picture alongside their own versions of what Maguire might have been saying to the group of girls he was chatting to.
One of them was actually his fiancee Fern Hawkins but that didn’t stop most fans from chiming in with their own funny versions.
And such is the notoriety of the shot, when images of Grealish and Saka nonchalantly draped over the Wembley seats after Wednesday’s famous win emerged, fans were quick to hark back.
ITV football – who broadcast the historic match – were among the first to chime in.
They shared a video and wrote: “Yeah, it’s no biggie really – we’ve just helped @England reach a first major tournament final in 55 years.”
Nino was one of more than 530 fans to like the tweet and wrote: “Love to see it. This is the new Maguire meme.”
And after several accounts joked about the pair heading ‘straight for the girls’ after their country’s win, Sid Vinicius quipped: “Brother Saka is actually quoting Bible verses to help Grealish focus on the final…”
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Many have questioned Southgate’s decision to ‘sub the sub’ when he took Grealish off only 36 minutes after putting him on.
The Aston Villa midfielder replaced Saka in the 69th minute of normal time with the scores at 1-1.
He looked lively but could not have as much of a drastic impact from the bench as he has had earlier in the tournament.
Harry Kane sent England fans into dreamland with one minute to go in the first-half of extra-time – scoring the rebound from his own missed penalty to become the Three Lions’ joint top scorer of all time in major tournaments.
And just a minute later – at half-time of extra-time – Grealish was subbed off and replaced by Kieran Trippier as Southgate changed the system to shore up the win.
The tactic worked and England reached their first ever Euros final and Grealish seemed fine with it after the game as he tweeted: “I love this team. What a night at Wembley.”
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