Tottenham star reveals the unlikely inspiration behind his viral hand signal

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DELE ALLI has revealed the real inspiration behind his goal celebration – Jamie Vardy’s kids.

The popular England and Tottenham midfielder sparked a social media frenzy with the hand gesture – known as the ‘Dele Celebration’.

 Dele Alli's, right, hand celebrations have created a social media frenzy

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Dele Alli’s, right, hand celebrations have created a social media frenzy
 Alli previously showed his 4.4million followers on Instagram how do the move

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Alli previously showed his 4.4million followers on Instagram how do the move

The 22-year-old, who first unveiled the celebration after scoring at Newcastle on the opening day of the season, says the gesture was down to a conversation he had with his England team-mate’s children.

He told the Evening Standard: “When we were at the World Cup, there were a few days when the families could come to the hotel.

“One afternoon, Jamie Vardy’s kids were around and they asked me if I could do it.

“I could but then I watched the other boys struggling, it was funny.

 Alli's Tottenham team-mate Georges-Kévin N'Koudou, left, was unable to master it

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Alli’s Tottenham team-mate Georges-Kévin N’Koudou, left, was unable to master it
 Alli revealed that Jamie Vardy's, right, kids were the inspiration behind the celebration

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Alli revealed that Jamie Vardy’s, right, kids were the inspiration behind the celebration

“I heard afterwards that Jesse Lingard’s brother had showed them how to do it, so I don’t actually know where it came from and who made it up.

“But when I was on holiday with my friends we all kept doing it, so I shared it.

“I didn’t think it was going to go as mad as it did. It’s just a bit of fun.”

Alli then revealed a second challenge – far more complex than the inaugural one.

The former MK Dons man posted a tutorial on how to do it on Instagram – taking two hoops from his fingers for his eye to look through, while in the first he made just one hoop.

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Georges-Kévin N’Koudou, his Spurs team-mate, was next to him throughout and struggled to replicate the celebration.

Alli’s recent revelation come after one recent report suggested Muslim conspiracy theorists were speculating the ‘Dele Challenge’ was a salute to the devil in the form of a tribute to evil figure Dajjal.





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