Declan Rice

Declan Rice reveals story behind West Ham's musical celebration against Tottenham

Robbie Copeland
Feb 22, 2021, 3:45 PM GMT
West Ham trying to start a band
West Ham trying to start a band | Pool/Getty Images
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Declan Rice has revealed Pablo Fornals as the inspiration behind the unique celebration that followed Jesse Lingard's goal against Tottenham on Sunday.

West Ham breathed fire into their Champions League hopes with a 2-1 win over their London rivals, and they were inspired by Lingard, who has looked like an astute addition since his loan move from Manchester United in January.

After Michail Antonio had given them an early lead over Jose Mourinho's team, the former England midfielder doubled their money right after the half-time break. But while his clinical finish caught the eye, so too did the celebration that followed, as Lingard, Rice and Fornals put on a show for the cameras.

With Lingard playing the clarinet, Fornals on the guitar, and Rice playing drums, the trio hinted at a post-football career in music...though judging by some of the technique on show, they aren't likely to go far.

Rice, speaking on talkSPORT, said the celebration originated from an idea Fornals had in training on Saturday.

He said: "After training, we're always playing this game called 'The D.' It's where the keeper plays it out to the edge of the D and you've got two touches to score.

"Pablo kept scoring, and obviously Jesse's there, so Pablo kept doing the celebrations Jesse's done in the past, and everyone was having a bit of a laugh.

"Before the game yesterday, Pablo was like 'right, if we score today, Jesse you do that and I'm on the guitar.' I was on the drums.

"It was just made up before the game. We'd just had a little giggle about it and luckily enough Jesse scored and it came off.

"My drumming needs work I think!"

Thanks in no part to Rice's dodgy drumming, West Ham secured a win that sent them fourth in the Premier League table. They sit two points ahead of Chelsea and five ahead of Liverpool, as David Moyes' team eye a long-awaited return to European football's biggest stage.

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