Grealish came off the bench to net England’s sixth goal of the home game in the 90th minute at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, which he celebrated with a fine jig.
But the cheeky dance routine isn’t Grealish’s trademark, nor is it an homage to former England striker Daniel Sturridge, who pulls off a similar move whenever he hits the back of the net.
27-year-old busts Finlay, a ploy to keep promise to a youngster Manchester City A supporter of cerebral palsy who wrote a heart-warming letter to the Forwards earlier this season. Finlay wrote to Grealish after learning that the player’s sister, Holly, also had cerebral palsy.
As a special thank you for the message, the City star wrote back to her 11-year-old fan, sending her a signed shirt. But then, much to Finlay’s surprise and delight, Grealish went a step further with a surprise meeting at the Etihad Campus earlier this month.
“It’s my dream to meet you in real life. Imagine meeting your ideal.”@man City Madd Finlay penned an emotional letter to his favorite player and hero, @JackGrealish, What happened next was a moment he would never forget. pic.twitter.com/qpdPnrMNLD
– Premier League (@premierleague) November 9, 2022
During their conversation, Grealish promised to celebrate for Finlay the next time he scored. The youngster had initially requested “The Worm” but had to settle for something with less chance of injury – a shammy coupled with a wave of the arms.
Grealish’s next goal came not for City but as a fellow substitute on the biggest international stage for his country calum wilson raced clear to a plate for his team-mate before scoring England’s sixth and final goal against Iran. After squandering the chance, Grealish knew what he had to do.
Finale for you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BomJEA0oy6
– Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) November 21, 2022
Posting on social media after the game, Grealish made a point of dedicating both his goal and his celebration to Finlay.
“Finlay for you,” the 27-year-old wrote on Twitter.
Finlay was indeed fortunate that Grealish was able to deliver a message from the Middle East, as the City forward had only scored one goal all season up to that point.
The goal was scored in the first minute of City’s 3–0 win. wolverhampton wanderers On 17 September, there was therefore something comforting about the fact that his goal for England came in the 90th minute against Iran.