Young fan Finlay Fisher thanks Jack Grealish for celebrating his World Cup goal |  UK News

Young fan Finlay Fisher thanks Jack Grealish for celebrating his World Cup goal | UK News

The young football fan behind Jack Grealish’s goal celebration at the World Cup opener in England said he ‘couldn’t believe’ his hero remembered to do it.

Finlay Fisher has written to Grealish, whose sister has cerebral palsy, to say it was his “dream” to meet him.

Before flying to Qatar, Grealish, 27, visited the 11-year-old at a City in the Community event in Manchester, where the schoolboy made him promise to adopt his new goal celebration on his next goal.

Finlay, who also has the disease, told Sky Sports News he ‘honestly couldn’t believe it’ when he saw his favorite player copy movement after scoring against Qatar on Monday.

He said: “At first I thought he would forget about the celebration, then I was like ‘oh no’.

“And then when he did, I was so happy, I was so excited, I was like ‘come on!

“I can’t believe he did this for me. It’s just amazing.”

    England's Jack Grealish celebrates his sixth goal
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England’s Jack Grealish celebrates his sixth goal

The Manchester City star has opened up about his close bond with his younger sister, who has the same diagnosis, which affects movement and coordination.

When asked how that made him feel, Finlay said: “His sister has cerebral palsy so he knows what it is and he can relate to me.

“It’s really nice that someone so tall can relate to you and it really raises awareness about cerebral palsy.”

Grealish tweeted after the match: ‘For you Finlay’ after scoring England’s sixth goal in Doha on Monday. The final result at Khalifa International Stadium was 6-2.

England manager Gareth Southgate praised Grealish for the decision, describing him as a “lovely human being” who is “very aware of the impact he can have”.

The fan’s father is a United fan

Finlay’s father Dan, who is a Manchester United fan, said it was “crazy” and “unbelievable”.

“It’s gone from just a simple letter to Jack Grealish to this crazy thing that’s on every news site,” he said.

He also revealed Finlay nearly missed the game in hospital after sustaining an ankle injury.

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Reflecting on meeting the star, Finlay added that Grealish was “a laugh” and while it was nerve wracking to meet his “idol”, he “didn’t just need to come see me – he wanted come see me in his spare time.

When asked if he had a message for his favorite player, Finlay added: “Thank you and it’s coming home, come on!”

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