Aaron Ramsdale has revealed his bizarre pre-match ritual – and it was inspired by England legend Bobby Charlton.
The Arsenal keeper, who is part of the Three Lions World Cup squad, does a specific routine before each game.
Ramsdale said: “In the changing rooms, if I’m playing, I take myself away from the main changing room to put on my gloves.
“I don’t like everyone wishing me well.
“I put my right glove on, my left glove, take my right glove off and shake everyone’s hand so they don’t touch my glove. It’s also an honor.
“It comes from Bobby Charlton. My dad met him once and he went over to shake his hand and Bobby Charlton took his glove off to shake his hand, so that resonated with me.
“Then, I go out onto the pitch and put my glove back on, I go to the center circle, play the ball and then I go and touch the crossbar.
“If I don’t touch the ball or the crossbar it doesn’t bother me much, but gloves are the main thing.”
In a vote on the FA’s YouTube channel, Lions Den, fans had to vote on who would be the cleanest of Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham and Ramsdale.
England captain Kane won the vote and Ramsdale said: “He’s a great senior player. He takes care of himself. Always looks spotless.
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“Do I look like someone who folds their T-shirts? I throw them on the floor and put them in the washing machine.”
Three Lions captain Kane trained yesterday after undergoing scans with an ankle injury in the 6-2 win over Iran.
Barring a setback, he is expected to be fit for tomorrow’s second group game against USA.
But midfielder James Maddison will miss the match as he is yet to take part in team training.