Tomas Soucek further underlined his reputation as one of the most lovable players in the game when the West Ham United star showed a touch of class after beating Holland.
Soucek and West Ham teammate Vladimir Coufal ran the show against the Dutch as they made the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win.
Soucek in particular was admirably disciplined all game helping thwart the threat if the Holland midfield, a selfless trait West Ham fans know well.
As the whistle blew to signal that West Ham duo Soucek, Coufal and their Czech teammates were in the last eight, the players started to gather in a huddle to celebrate.
Captain Tom’s touch of class after beating Dutch
But captain Soucek showed his unquestionable class, breaking up the huddle and telling his teammates to go and shake hands with their despondent Dutch opponents first.
Once the Czechs had done that, Soucek then rounded them all up again to celebrate properly in front of their fans – some of whom were spotted wearing West Ham shirts and carrying inflatable Hammers.
It was a classy act from the Hammer of the Year contender.
But nothing West Ham fans aren’t used to.
Thoughtful Soucek act no surprise for West Ham fans
Soucek hit the headlines last season when he dedicated a brace against Crystal Palace to his wife who had struggled in a new country with a young child away from their family during Covid lockdowns.
He also won praise for speaking out about abuse aimed at controversial referee Mike Dean following his ridiculous sending off at the end of West Ham’s draw at Fulham.
West Ham’s duo will now face Denmark for a place in the semi-finals.
Rice and Yarmo up next
West Ham fans will be keeping an eye on two more of their players in action on Tuesday when Declan Rice is expected to feature for England against Germany.
And later that evening Andriy Yarmolenko will be in action for Ukraine against Sweden.