Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

He Shoots, He Scores. He Does the Fornite Floss

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

He Shoots, He Scores. He Does the Fornite Floss

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ENGLAND'S Three Lions are always finding their rhythm.

Squads have previously been defined by woeful dad dancing: Peter Crouch's robot dance in the run-up to the 2006 World Cup and Jamie Vardy's mannequin challenge in a 2016 friendly (still a threat, since he's in the squad) spring to mind.

In 2018, though, there is a new hope: this is a youthful line-up, the third-youngest at the tournament. The game plan is simple: stick the ball in the net, then celebrate in style.

Style, of course, is subjective. Harry Kane, England's two-goal hero against Tunisia, favours an arms-outstretched dash towards the crowd. Last night, "H" was invariably squashed beneath a jubilant pile of his own teammates.

Dele Alli has been practising the "floss" dance first made popular by Katy Perry and now sweeping the nation's playgrounds. The players are reported to have been playing the viral video game Fortnite in their downtime for the last fortnight, and the in-game celebrations (known as "emotes") have been creeping into their realworld dances. "I don't score that many goals, so I don't have one, but I've been speaking to Dele [Alli] and we've got a couple of Fortnite ones, but I'll only do that if we're winning comfortably," England fullback Kieran Trippier has said.

Midfielder Jesse Lingard, meanwhile, has trademarked his signature "JLINGZ" celebration. Lost? Confused? Here's how it all breaks down.

The "floss" dance What: Arms out, clench fists, as if running an invisible length of rope between your hands (the "floss"). Swing them rapidly side to side in synchronicity, bolt straight, backwards and forwards, as if polishing, um, around your pelvis. Why: If you get it right, you're a guaranteed hypnotic, viral media sensation. See: the Backpack Kid, 16-year-old Russell Horning, who has 1.9 million followers on Instagram, and combines his moves with a resolutely deadpan expression. He was flown in to appear alongside Katy Perry on US show Saturday Night Live, and stole the show during her hit Swish Swish.

JLINGZ What: Clench your hands into fists, then extend your index finger and thumb into an "L". …

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