Jack Grealish celebrated his first ever World Cup goal by imitating a dance a young Manchester City super fan asked him to do.
The England star scored his country’s sixth goal in their first 6-2 win against Iran, converting a brilliant pass from Callum Wilson.
It marked Grealish’s first goal for England at a major tournament, but there was one person on his mind as he raced to react to the scoreline on the world stage.
Earlier this month, the star met 11-year-old Man City fan Finlay after the youngster sent a fan letter to his hero.
He also suffers from cerebral palsy, a condition that Grealish’s sister, Holly, also suffers from.
After the pair exchanged a heartwarming hug during the encounter, Finlay asked Grealish if he could do the requested goal celebration the next time he scored – dancing with both arms outstretched, moving up and down .
And of course, Grealish kept his promise.
After converting Wilson’s selfless pass, Grealish ran with a huge smile on his face before stopping and copying young Finlay’s celebration.
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Hours after the final whistle, Finlay responded to his favorite player’s salute in a video posted to Twitter.
“Thank you Jack! the youngster said, wearing a Man City kit, “Go England!”
Speaking about the heart-warming celebration, England legend and talkSPORT commentator for the game Stuart Pearce said: “A great story to back up the goal.
“We want to see him score as many goals as possible for England.
“Players do so many things outside of football that don’t get recognition.”
There were 35 assists in the build-up to Grealish’s goal, the most assists in the build-up to a World Cup goal since 1966.
After a resounding victory on Matchday 1, England take on the United States on Friday – live on talkSPORT – with kick-off scheduled for 7pm.