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Grealish dedicates goal to young City fan in England win

Jack Grealish scored his first ever World Cup goal to put the icing on the cake of England’s 6-2 win over Iran.

And, in a moment that made ever City fan smile, Grealish delivered his promise to young 11-year-old supporter Finlay with a special, dedicated goal celebration.

Finlay, like Jack’s sister, Holly, has cerebral palsy and he’s been hugely impressed by the way Jack involves her in everything he does.

Finlay sent a letter to express his gratitude and Jack returned the favour with a signed City shirt before surprising him at the CFA where he plays every Monday as part of the disability football team.

After striking up a friendship, Jack told Finlay he could select his next goal celebration, which he wonderfully performed after today’s goal.

KEEPING HIS PROMISE : Jack Grealish dedicates his goal to 11-year-old Finlay.
KEEPING HIS PROMISE : Jack Grealish dedicates his goal to 11-year-old Finlay.

Grealish joined Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka (2), Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford on the scoresheet in the comfortable Three Lions win.

Bellingham opened the scoring on 35 minutes as he headed home his first international goal from Luke Shaw's pinpoint cross.

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Arsenal winger Saka doubled the advantage on 43 minutes by scoring a stunning volley following a headed ball into his path by Harry Maguire.

Former City man Sterling made it three in first half stoppage time when he prodded home after a cross into the danger zone by captain Harry Kane.

Saka made it four on 62 minutes as he jinked back and forth in the box before firing home.

Iran pulled one back just three minutes later with an impressive finish from Mehdi Taremi which left Pickford no chance.

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Grealish and Phil Foden were introduced on 71 minutes, replacing Sterling and Mason Mount, to join City centre-half John Stones – who played 90 minutes – on the pitch.

Rashford made it 5-1 moments later when he slid home a left foot shot, less than a minute after coming on himself.

SUPER JACK : Jack Grealish fires home to help England to an opening World Cup win over Iran.
SUPER JACK : Jack Grealish fires home to help England to an opening World Cup win over Iran.

And Grealish completed the scoring for the Three Lions when he eased home in the box after a clever cutback from fellow substitute Callum Wilson.

Taremi bagged a consolation for Iran in stoppage time with a cool penalty past Pickford.

Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips were named on the subs bench for the game but didn’t see any action.

England's next game is this Friday as they face USA at Al Bayt Stadium, kick-off 19:00 (UK).

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