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England's Jack Grealish praised for World Cup celebration to Manchester City fan with cerebral palsy by Chatham and Aylesford MP Tracey Crouch

England goalscorer Jack Grealish has been praised for his celebration after scoring the Three Lions' sixth goal in their opening victory at the World Cup.

The Manchester City winger scored as England opened their tally at the tournament in Qatar this afternoon beating Iran 6-2.

Jack Grealish performing the celebration. Picture: @premierleague/Twitter
Jack Grealish performing the celebration. Picture: @premierleague/Twitter

Grealish came on in the second half to tap in Callum Wilson's cross and round off England's goal count before signing the finish with a celebration he promised to a young City and England fan.

Former sports minister and MP for Chatham and Aylesford Tracey Crouch has taken to Twitter to share her praise for Grealish.

She said: "Well done @JackGrealish for remembering to do that celebration for the young lad with cerebral palsy, like he promised in the @ManCity video.

"He will be absolutely stoked that in the jubilation of scoring for England, he did the arm waggle. Good man #ENGIRN".

Jack Grealish met with Finlay, 11, who wrote a letter to the midfielder discussing his love of football, Manchester City and having cerebral palsy his whole life.

Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford, praised Jack Grealish for his goal celebration
Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford, praised Jack Grealish for his goal celebration

Grealish's sister also struggles with the motor neurone disorder so when he received the letter he was touched and met the young football fan.

They discussed goal celebrations and it was agreed between the pair that the 27-year-old would sign off his next goal by moving his arms in a worm-like manner - after he confessed he could not perform Finlay's initial request of the worm.

Having only scored one goal in the league prior to the international tournament, Grealish's first opportunity to pull out the celebration came on the big stage where he kept true to his promise.

The City midfielder joined Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford on the scoresheet helping England to their biggest opening win at a World Cup.

They next face USA on Friday at 7pm and then face Wales at 7pm next Tuesday.

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