Jack Grealish scored in England’s 6-2 win over Iran and celebrated with a dance that may have confused a few at first. But there is a reason behind the former Aston Villa star celebrating in the way he did - and it’s a very heartwarming one.
Before jetting off to Qatar, Grealish, in a social media video for his current club Manchester City, agreed with a young fan with cerebral palsy about how he would celebrate if he were to score at the World Cup. “The next time I score, I’ll do that for you,” Grealish promised. “Just like this yeah? Deal.”
It didn’t take Grealish long to get his goal, as he came on in the 71st minute of the game and scored in the 90th. The 27-year-old kept his word, performing the dance requested - directly in front of the television cameras.
Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson rather unselfishly laid the ball back to Grealish, who passed the ball into the net from six yards to make it 6-1 to the Three Lions. Iran then scored from the penalty spot with the last kick of the game.
Fellow West Midlands local Jude Bellingham initially got the 6-2 thriller underway as he scored his first-ever senior international goal in the 35th minute. The likes of Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford netted after that - before Grealish rounded off a fine display with his own special moment.
England and Grealish take on their next World Cup challenge on Friday, November 25 - against the USA.