Jack Grealish dedicates first World Cup goal to young Manchester City fan Finlay with requested dancing celebration

    Jack Grealish celebrated his first ever World Cup goal by emulating a dance a young Manchester City super fan asked him to do.

    The England star scored his country’s sixth goal in their opening 6-2 win over Iran, converting a brilliant pass from Callum Wilson.

    Grealish netted England’s last goal of their impressive opening tie

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    Grealish netted England’s last goal of their impressive opening tie

    And he dedicated the special moment to a young Man City fan he met earlier this month

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    And he dedicated the special moment to a young Man City fan he met earlier this month

    It marked Grealish’s first goal for England at a major tournament, but there was one person on his mind as he ran to react to scoring on the world stage.

    Earlier this month, the star met 11-year-old Man City fan, Finlay, after the youngster sent his hero a fan letter.

    He also has cerebral palsy, a disease Grealish’s sister, Holly, also suffers with.

    After the pair exchanged a heart warming hug when meeting, Finlay asked Grealish if he could do his requested goal celebration next time he scored – dancing with both arms outstretched, moving up and down.

    And sure enough, Grealish kept his promise.

    After converting Wilson’s unselfish pass, Grealish ran with a huge smile on his face before stopping and copying young Finlay’s celebration.

    A few hours after the final whistle, Finlay responded to his favourite player’s wholesome gesture in a video posted on Twitter.

    “Thank you Jack!” the youngster said, wearing a Man City kit, “Come on England!”

    Speaking about the heart warming celebration, England legend and talkSPORT commentator for the game Stuart Pearce said: “Great story to back up the goal.

    “We want to see him get as many goals as possible for England.

    “The players do so much outside of football that goes unrecognised.”

    There were 35 passes in the build up to Grealish’s goal, the most passes in the build up to a goal at the World Cup on record since 1966. 

    After a resounding opening day victory, England next face USA on Friday – live on talkSPORT – with kick-off set for 7pm.

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