Freeze! Sunderland players take on internet craze ‘The Mannequin Challenge’

The Sunderland AFC Mannequin Challenge. Picture: Sunderland AFC via YouTube.
The Sunderland AFC Mannequin Challenge. Picture: Sunderland AFC via YouTube.
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First there was the Ice Bucket Challenge - but now, it’s time for something with a different kind of freeze.

If you’re an avid user of social media, you’re bound to have seen scores of videos of sports team, celebrities and maybe even a few of your mates acting like mannequins.

No, they haven’t gone mad. It’s all part of the latest internet craze - The Mannequin Challenge. 

One of the biggest viral video trends since the Harlem Shake, the challenge has already been taken on by Beyonce, Hillary Clinton, Radio One DJ Toddla T and James Corden, to name but a few. 

And now, the Sunderland AFC team have joined the party!

In a video published to the club’s website and social media pages, you can catch a glimpse of the players in the training room, frozen in the middle of their fitness activities. 

You’ll spot some familiar faces - including Jermain Defoe, Victor Anichebe, Adnan Januzaj, Jason Denayer, and Billy Jones. 

The footage, created in partnership with club sponsor adidas, forms part of a competition run by the club online and on social media.

Have you taken part in The Mannequin Challenge Yet? We’d love to see your videos!

Who do you recognise? Picture: Sunderland AFC via YouTube.

Who do you recognise? Picture: Sunderland AFC via YouTube.