West Ham United star Declan Rice quite literally downed the jeers with a brilliant celebration during England’s 4-0 win over Hungary in a hostile Budapest.
Hammers hero Rice, like much of the England team, took some time to get going.
But once they did Rice was at his imperious best to give England the springboard – just as he does for West Ham – to seal a dominant second half display with four goals.
And he put the icing on the cake himself by firing home the final goal from outside the box.
Not only did Rice do West Ham and England proud with his performance.
He also took on the Hungary crowd who had directed vile racist abuse at the West Ham man’s teammates, as reported by the likes of Sky Sports.
When Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for the Three Lions he was showered with missiles and cups by the home support.
As the players celebrated, West Ham enforcer Rice picked up a cup and mocked the fans by pretending to drink from it.
Captain Harry Kane pulled Rice away to get him in the huddle.
Probably a wise decision by Kane to protect West Ham’s main man from being targeted.
West Ham fans and supporters across the country lapped up Rice’s celebration on social media.
But many cynical supporters predicted UEFA will probably fine West Ham’s 22-year-old Rice more than they do Hungary.
Many quipped that it was Rice’s first ever beer after the West Ham star admitted to having never had one during the Euros.
A handful pointed out West Ham boss David Moyes may not be happy if Rice ends up testing positive for Covid as a result.
But the overwhelming response was one of great pride for standing up to the bullies.
In case you missed the celebration you can see it in the videos below.
Here’s what fans were saying about Rice and his celebration on Twitter.