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Fowler 'eating grass' to Klinsmann's dive - what's your favourite self-deprecating goal celebration?

Wayne Rooney was far from the first to mock himself in a goal celebration.

YESTERDAY, AFTER SCORING against Spurs to help Manchester United to a 3-0 win, Wayne Rooney poked fun at himself by celebrating his effort with a re-enactment of the knock out punch that made him a viral video star on Sunday morning.

Rooney though, is far from the first to take a self-deprecating stance when it comes to goal celebrations and here — in no particular order — are five of our favourites.

Jimmy Bullard’s team-talk

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After manager Phil Brown had given his side a public rebuke by performing the half time team-talk on the pitch during Hull’s 5-1 defeat to Manchester City in 2008, Bullard took the opportunity to do the same after equalising against the same opposition the following season.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s Dive

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The German star arrived at Spurs with a reputation for going down quite easily and, after scoring against Sheffield Wednesday, celebrated in a style that would be replicated in almost every five-a-side game played in Ireland and the UK for the following three years.

Robbie Fowler’s Line Dancing

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Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier may have tried to claim that this was a Cameroonian grass eating celebration Fowler picked up from Rigobert Song but Fowler himself said it was in response to allegations of drug use hurled at him by Everton fans. Either way, it cost the striker a four game ban.

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Paul Gascoigne’s Dentist Chair

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Given his struggles with alcohol, this particular celebration — now nearly 20 years old — is all the more poignant. In a tense game with Scotland at Euro 96, Gazza scored a crucial goal and celebrated by having Teddy Sheringham squirt water into his mouth in a re-enactment of the infamous ‘Dentist’s chair’ drinking game which took place during a pre-tournament trip to Hong Kong.

Craig Bellamy’s Golf Swing

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Bellamy found himself on the front pages before Liverpool’s game with Barcelona after reportedly chasing team-mate John Arne Riise with a golf club. Bookies offered up to 100-1 that the Welshman would celebrate any goal with a practise swing and Bellamy didn’t disappoint.

So what’s your favourite?

Poll Results:

Bullard (620)
Fowler (467)
Rooney (278)
Bellamy (192)
Klinsmann (173)
Gazza (157)
Other (85)

Let us know in the comments below.

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