Jack Grealish wears special t-shirt designed by Man City superfan Finlay – who has cerebral palsy – showing the England forward doing his ‘worm’ celebration against Iran, after he dedicated his goal to the 12-year-old
Throughout the World Cup, the winger has maintained a strong bond with City fan Finlay Fisher – who has cerebral palsy – ever since he dedicated his goal against Iran to the 12-year-old.
The duo have had a series of touching moments throughout the tournament but they may have all been topped by Grealish’s recent actions which saw him appear in a special shirt before England’s clash with Senegal.
Jack Grealish (left) appeared in a custom t-shirt designed by young Man City fan Finlay Fisher
Grealish agreed to perform a celebration for Finlay and did so after netting against Iran
Grealish met Finlay after the youngster wrote a letter to the midfielder to praise him for raising awareness of cerebral palsy
Ahead of the round of 16 tie, the Man City star was seen wearing a t-shirt that had his iconic ‘worm’ celebration printed on.
The post from Art of Football read: ‘Moment made! Jack Grealish wearing Finlay’s design ahead of tonight’s game. These moments of wholesome connection are priceless.
‘From every player to every fan across the country, when we say we are behind this England team, this is why. Welcome to the team.’
Grealish wore the t-shirt ahead of England’s 3-0 win over Senegal in the World Cup round of 16 where the City winger started on the bench before being brought on midway through the second-half.
Jack Grealish dedicated his World Cup goal for England against Iran on Monday to a young Manchester City fan – before FaceTiming him to discuss it 24 hours later
Jack Grealish has previously spoken about his close relationship with his sister Hollie, 19, who also has cerebral palsy
Grealish performed the ‘Worm’ – by special request from Finlay – after scoring in England’s opening World Cup game and later FaceTimed the young fan to discuss his thoughts on the celebration.
The duo struck up a relationship when Finlay wrote a letter to Grealish after discovering that his sister, Hollie, also has cerebral palsy.
This meant he was later offered the chance to meet Grealish in person as part of the Premier League’s ‘Fan Mail’ initiative.
During their meeting, the youngster urged his idol to perform a special celebration when he next found the back of the net, holding his arms out wide and wiggling them after unsuccessfully asking him to do the worm.
Grealish remembered to pay tribute to him and performed the celebration in a heartwarming moment which quickly went viral on social media.
Grealish managed to get on the scoresheet in the dying moments against Iran
After celebrating with team-mates, Grealish turned to perform to dance suggested by Finlay
It was a dream come true for Finlay, who plays disability football at Manchester City and idolises the England international. When they spoke on the phone, he told the footballer: ‘I thought you had forgotten’.
Grealish, from the England camp in Doha told the youngster: ‘You are famous now. You have been (seen) everywhere over the past 24 hours.’
Finlay smiled broadly as he told the player of his excitement at seeing his hero score and then keep his promise with the dance move.
The young Man City fan will be hoping Grealish pulls out the dance moves again if he gets on the scoresheet in their next game against reigning champions France.
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