They may be champions but they don’t do champagne.
Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali were pictured slipping away from England’s World Cup cricket celebrations just before corks popped.
It was to avoid being sprayed with bubbly because of their Muslim beliefs which include a ban on alcohol.
Rashid, 31, said the fact that their pals waited for their escape before opening the bottles highlighted the multicultural team’s respect for one another.
“In the England team you have several players from different backgrounds but we all come together and play as one,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
“We all respect each other. They all respect myself and Moeen Ali, especially being Muslim.
“They know to take the picture first, we will stand near to the end so as soon as we see the bottle pop, Mo and I slide off. It’s almost like second nature to them.
“I had my eye on the bottle of champagne, Mo and I just go. It’s fine, we understand that.
“They know our culture. The banter is good and it’s nice to be around that knowing everyone has respect, regardless of religion, background, culture.
“England is like that, it’s a very diverse country.”
The Yorkshire leg-spinner, who took 11 wickets in the tournament, is of Pakistani descent like Brummie all-rounder Ali.
Ali, 32, has said: “The amazing thing about our team is that guys took time out very early on to talk to us about our religion and our culture.
“They have made adjustments for us and we have for them. We live in harmony.”
Speaking of last Sunday’s amazing victory against New Zealand, Rashid said he hopes it will help unite the country. “Maybe England will become a place that is a bit more relaxed in terms of people getting along,” he said.
“This is what the country needed – the World Cup win. There are people in the team from a Pakistani background, West Indian, Irish, English.
“We all came together under the English banner which is a proud moment. Hopefully this can lead to something special.”
Rashid, a married father of two boys of five and five months, says the win has only just sunk in.
He was welcomed home by 600 people at a street party outside his uncle’s shop in Bradford on Tuesday. “This is a once- in-a-lifetime achievement,” he said. “It has been exciting since. It has probably just about sunk in now, but it’s an unbelievable feeling.”
He revealed the World Cup final was the first game of cricket his mum had seen him play.
“She must have been a lucky charm. I think she enjoyed it a lot. I think she was like all the mothers and fathers, in tears.
“I think she was a bit emotional seeing her son play cricket but also celebrating, running around knowing that we had won the World Cup.
“My mum and dad have told me how proud they are. They have sacrificed so much.”