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Football: In a flash Gordon complains about excessive use of mobile phone

Football: In a flash Gordon complains about excessive use of mobile phone

BLANKENHAIN: England striker Anthony Gordon was filming himself on his phone while riding downhill when he flew over the handlebars of his electric bicycle and crashed. That could have meant the end of his European Championship 2024.

Gordon crashed the morning after making his European Championship debut as a late substitute in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Slovenia.

What was meant to be a gentle recovery ride left him with a large gash on his chin, scrapes on his nose, a burn on one forearm, cuts on his knuckles that looked like he’d been in a street fight, and some bruised pride.

Fortunately, it was no more serious as Gordon hopes to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the knockout round in Germany. The match starts today with the round of 16 against Slovakia.

“It was a beautiful day and I was going downhill. I was trying to make a little video for my family and just show them what I was doing. And before I knew it, I was face down on the floor,” Gordon told reporters at the press conference at England’s training base on Friday.

“I tried to press the (handbrake) to slow down, but the next moment the speed had not decreased, it had come to a complete stop, and I went 3 meters into the air, chin first.”

A journalist made a little fun of Gordon and gave him a bright green bicycle helmet and training wheels as a gift.

“I think the moral of that story is that we probably spend too much time on our phones these days,” Gordon told reporters with a laugh. “Just enjoy the moments instead of talking on the phone.”

Manager Gareth Southgate “laughed at first, as did everyone else,” Gordon said. “It was a bit of a joke. It wasn’t that serious, so everyone just laughed at me, in pain.”

Given Southgate’s abundance of talented attackers in Germany, Gordon will only be allowed to play one minute in regular time. That has led to Newcastle fans cheering for the striker, who scored 11 goals and 10 assists in 35 Premier League games last season. He would like to get more playing time.

What does it take to break into the team?

“I’m not sure, that’s for the manager,” Gordon said. “I can only control what I can. Do my best and make the selection as difficult as possible for him. When or if I am needed, I will be more than ready.” — Reuters