World Cup 2022: Bizarre Jack Grealish goal celebration explained, as England thrash Iran | FourFourTwo

Jack Grealish has scored for England at World Cup 2022 and performed a celebration for his biggest fan, Finlay.Jude Bell

Jack Grealish has scored for England at World Cup 2022 and performed a celebration for his biggest fan, Finlay.

Jude Bellingham opened the scoring for the Three Lions with a lovely header, becoming the third-youngest player to have scored at a major tournament for England, before Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling both scored volleys to make it 3-0 before half-time.

After the break, Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford both scored, either side of a consolation goal from Iran, as England went 5-1 ahead in the game. Manchester City man Grealish, the most expensive English player of all time, was brought on as one of a quadruple substitution and finished the move for England’s sixth when Callum Wilson unselfishly squared the ball to his team-mate. 

Grealish’s celebration evoked memories of Daniel Sturridge’s wiggly-armed celebration for Liverpool – but actually, the celebration comes from another source.

The No.7 met an 11-year-old fan recently, Finlay, who suffers with cerebal palsey. Grealish’s sister also has CF and Finlay wrote to the City star to tell him that he was his favourite player and a good brother to his sister.

In turn, Grealish went to meet Finlay and thank him for his letter. In the video, Finlay asks his hero to perform the worm the next time he scores, to which the England star laughs and admits he couldn’t do that. In the end, the pair settle on the celebration that Grealish actually performed in Qatar. 

England are top of Group B in the World Cup following the result against Iran. 

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