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Why does Jude Bellingham have holes in his socks as England star 'looks like teenage emo'

England football fans joked Jude Bellingham 'looks like teenage emo' after clocking he had holes in his socks - and Daily Star Sport looks at why he's taken scissors to his uniform

A detailed view of the ripped socks and Adidas Predator football boots of Jude Bellingham of England (obscured) during the UEFA EURO 2024 quarter-final match between England and Switzerland at Düsseldorf Arena on July 06, 2024 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Jude Bellingham has holes in his socks

Eagle-eyed football fans spotted Jude Bellingham had holes in his socks against the Netherlands.

England renewed their international rivalry with the Dutch on Wednesday (July 10) evening as the two sides battled for a spot in the Euro 2024 final. Bellingham, 21, has been England's man of the moment in Germany - but that didn't stop fans from poking fun at his socks.

As is the current trend with modern footballers, Bellingham had cut a number of holes in his socks. And it led to jokes on social media: "Why are Bellingham's socks always cut like he's a 15 year old emo?"

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"He's in his Jeff Hardy era... just with his socks," a second joked. While a third said: "Bellingham is wearing the kind of sexy socks with holes in that the models used to wear in late 80s rock videos."

"Every grassroots manager is looking at Bellingham socks and shaking their head," a fourth posted. And another added: "Never seen gaps on the back of socks like this before...All the high school kids will be doing it now!"

Jude Bellingham (R) fights for the ball with Netherlands' defender #06 Stefan de Vrij during the UEFA Euro 2024 semi-final football match between the Netherlands and England at the BVB Stadion in Dortmund on July 10, 2024.
Eagle-eyed football fans spotted the holes

The trend of cutting holes in socks has taken off in the recent season, but fans really started to notice it during the 2022 World Cup, which was hosted in Qatar.

Footballers have taken scissors to their socks ahead of games to relieve pressure on their calf muscles - which can cause cramps. Players will usually wear a new pair of socks for every match, and the material can be restrictive.

So the holes allow for better blood circulation to the calf muscles as the socks aren't as tight, but the physical benefits are outdone by the aesthetics.

Jude Bellingham
Jude Bellingham actually breaks La Liga rules every time he plays

Bellingham has been doing this all season for Real Madrid - but it's actually banned in La Liga. However, they have been happy to turn a blind eye when it comes to their new young superstar.

Some players haven't had the same luck as Bellingham when it comes to uniform violations. Former Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay was forced to change his cut-up socks in a La Liga clash with Barcelona back in 2017.

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