Reece Styche believes Erling Haaland lacks “class” as he “laughed and walked off” when an international opponent asked to swap shirts with him.
“laughed and walked off” when an international opponent asked to swap shirts with him.
Styche believes Haaland lacks “class” despite his ability on the pitch as he claimed that Haaland snubbed their captain Roy Chipolina after their2022 World Cup
earlier this year which means no one from the Gibraltar squad asked him for his jersey when they faced off again earlier this month.
He toldThe Sun
"None of us wanted Haaland's shirt, so we snubbed him. Last March, our skipper Roy Chipolina asked for Haaland's shirt when we met in Gibraltar.
"Norway won 3-0 but Haaland never scored, was substituted after an hour, and was in a bit of a mood.
"After they'd both done TV interviews, Roy said to him: 'My little boy's a massive fan of yours, do you mind swapping jerseys?' Haaland just looked at him, laughed, and walked off! He can buy a lot of things - but he can't buy class - perhaps the media hype has gone to his head.
"He had the chance to make a little kid's day, month, year, whatever and he said no. So no one wanted his shirt in Oslo. Maybe he kept it to mark his hat-trick or gave it to a Norwegian fan because it was their first home match with supporters after Covid."
Haaland was able to net a hat-trick in Norway’s 5-1 victory over Gibraltar on September 7 to move his side closer to qualifying for a first World Cup since 1998.
However, Styche’s goal for Gibraltar was the one that caught the eye. The forward latched onto a loose ball and expertly clipped it over the keeper just before half-time to stun the home crowd.
"I don't need Haaland's top as a memento. My goal is down in history and I'll always have the memories stored in my head.
"I remember vividly looking at the screens after 34 minutes and saying out loud: 'Don't let this opportunity pass you by Reece.' Five minutes later Haaland made it 3-0, but four minutes after that our press won the ball back and I always knew I was going to dink the goalkeeper to score."
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