As soon as Jude Bellingham saw the Birmingham City flags in Rome and heard the cheers, he rushed over to them and threw his shirt into it.
They had come a long way to watch England beat Ukraine and give their support to their beloved academy graduate, who made sure one of them won a souvenir.
He then admitted to talkSPORT, which filmed the scenes following the Stadio Olimpico victory, that he couldn’t help it.
After dominating Group D and defeating Germany 2-0 in a massive round of 16 game, the Three Lions thrived as they headed to the road for the first and only time in this pan-European tournament.
Harry Kane scored twice on Saturday in the quarter-finals against Ukraine in Rome, where Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson also found the net in a 4-0 victory that sealed their return to Wembley.
And it is clear that Bellingham, who started his career in Birmingham before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2020, will always have the Blues in his heart.
The club even withdrew their No.22 shirt number following his £ 25million exit and he was later praised for his gesture.
One user on Twitter wrote: “This kid is a legendary man, the world at his feet – what a boy. “
Another simply said, “Nice touch from the boy,” with another saying he’ll always be a Blue.
In Rome, however, he was one of a number of England supporters who stayed on the pitch to cheer the fans and throw their shirts into the stands.
Coach Gareth Southgate is now hailed as one of the nation’s greatest coaches and believes England have returned to the football map and brought the nation together as the Three Lions advance to the semi-finals. finals.
“When I look at the people on this list of English managers, Sir Bobby [Robson] and mister Alf [Ramsey], it’s an absolute honor to be in this kind of company, ”he said.
“I know how much I value them and it’s really nice to be able to get the results that put our country back on the football map, really.
“The teams have to go a little further and sometimes they have to suffer to be able to progress.
“We’ve had great nights over the past four years, but we’ve also had painful nights and learned from all of those experiences and it certainly helped us prepare for another tournament and prepare for the individual matches.
“We didn’t want to take a step back, we really wanted to seize the opportunity rather than hope to win or, you know, let fate have a chance to play its part. And I thought the players were decisive and ruthless all night long.