100 Days To Go: 6 Pre-Match Rituals England Players Might Be Taking to Russia This Summer

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Footballers are a superstitious bunch. Apparently Gary Lineker wouldn't shoot directly on target during training because he wanted to 'save goals' for the actual match, while Cristiano Ronaldo gets his hair cut before every match for good luck. These weird idiosyncrasies players develop probably don't give them anything extra on the pitch, but that doesn't stop them. Here are six superstitions of the current Three Lions crop... If you thought the England squad was without any Italian food...

<p>If you thought the England squad was without any Italian food connoisseurs then you'd be wrong. Spurs left back Danny Rose insists on sampling one of the very finest dishes the cuisine has to offer. Yes, every night before match day, as <a href="http://www.kicca.com/rose-pre-match-superstition/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:KiccaMedia" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">KiccaMedia</a> has reported, Rose sits down to a generous serving of Spaghetti Bolognese.</p> <br><p>Good thing Rose is probably too young to remember that all infamous lasagne scandal of 2006 which may have cost <a href="http://www.90min.com/teams/tottenham?view_source=incontent_links&view_medium=incontent" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tottenham" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tottenham</a> a Champions League spot. Bon Appetit!</p>
Danny Rose

If you thought the England squad was without any Italian food connoisseurs then you'd be wrong. Spurs left back Danny Rose insists on sampling one of the very finest dishes the cuisine has to offer. Yes, every night before match day, as KiccaMedia has reported, Rose sits down to a generous serving of Spaghetti Bolognese.


Good thing Rose is probably too young to remember that all infamous lasagne scandal of 2006 which may have cost Tottenham a Champions League spot. Bon Appetit!

<p>Perhaps not the best ritual to be telling the young hopefuls of the future about, but during Leicester's title winning season at least, Jamie Vardy would sit down to a glass of port mixed with Lucozade the night before matches, as revealed in his autobiography (via the <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/leicester-city-news-jamie-vardy-port-pre-match-ritual-champions-a7338221.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Independent" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Independent</a>).</p> <br><p>The frankly disgusting revelation saw the striker come under a bit of criticism for his 'unprofessionalism'...as well as just bad taste.</p>
Jamie Vardy

Perhaps not the best ritual to be telling the young hopefuls of the future about, but during Leicester's title winning season at least, Jamie Vardy would sit down to a glass of port mixed with Lucozade the night before matches, as revealed in his autobiography (via the Independent).


The frankly disgusting revelation saw the striker come under a bit of criticism for his 'unprofessionalism'...as well as just bad taste.

<p>From a classic old school type of player comes a classic old school type of ritual. The Spurs and England international won't start a game without putting the left sock or boot on first - you can read all about it on his <a href="https://twitter.com/hkane/status/702941651963142144" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Twitter." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Twitter.</a></p> <br><p>Wether this means he puts his left sock and boot on before he does anything to his right foot or he does socks then boots remains a mystery. Whatever he does, if it helps him score hat-tricks at the World Cup then keep up the weird work, Harry.</p>
Harry Kane

From a classic old school type of player comes a classic old school type of ritual. The Spurs and England international won't start a game without putting the left sock or boot on first - you can read all about it on his Twitter.


Wether this means he puts his left sock and boot on before he does anything to his right foot or he does socks then boots remains a mystery. Whatever he does, if it helps him score hat-tricks at the World Cup then keep up the weird work, Harry.

<p>For Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge, success will only come after walking backwards onto every pitch he is about to play on. </p> <br><p>Not only does Sturridge walk backwards onto match day pitches, as told by Danny Rose (via <a href="http://www.kicca.com/rose-pre-match-superstition/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:KiccaMedia" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">KiccaMedia</a>), but even in training he won't feel right feel unless he's walked backwards onto the pitch.</p> <br><p>Now that's consistency. </p>
Daniel Sturridge

For Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge, success will only come after walking backwards onto every pitch he is about to play on.


Not only does Sturridge walk backwards onto match day pitches, as told by Danny Rose (via KiccaMedia), but even in training he won't feel right feel unless he's walked backwards onto the pitch.


Now that's consistency.

<p>Unless you're a Spurs fan, you'll be happy to admit that Kyle Walker's transfer to City last summer was the best thing that could have happened to the 27-year-old full back. </p> <br><p>Walker already has one trophy this year and looks set for more. To give him an extra boost, the defender <a href="https://www.football.london/tottenham-hotspur-fc/players/weirdest-most-wonderful-tottenham-hotspur-12934897" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:kisses his bracelet twice" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">kisses his bracelet twice</a> before taking it off before every match.</p>
Kyle Walker

Unless you're a Spurs fan, you'll be happy to admit that Kyle Walker's transfer to City last summer was the best thing that could have happened to the 27-year-old full back.


Walker already has one trophy this year and looks set for more. To give him an extra boost, the defender kisses his bracelet twice before taking it off before every match.

<p>Not only does Phil Jones put his socks and boots on a certain way depending on wether he's playing at home or away(left foot first for home, right foot for away), he avoids stepping on any of the pitch markings where possible as he thinks this may bring him bad luck, as reported by <a href="http://www.manutd.com/en/News-And-Features/United-Uncovered/News/2013/Feb/Issue-5/video-player-superstitions-united-uncovered-issue-five.aspx" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:manutd.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">manutd.com</a></p> <br><p>If this isn't enough for you, he also steps over the markings with a certain foot, again using the home or away criteria. </p>
Phil Jones

Not only does Phil Jones put his socks and boots on a certain way depending on wether he's playing at home or away(left foot first for home, right foot for away), he avoids stepping on any of the pitch markings where possible as he thinks this may bring him bad luck, as reported by manutd.com


If this isn't enough for you, he also steps over the markings with a certain foot, again using the home or away criteria.

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