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Grealish performs special dance for disabled fan

Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish Image credit: guardian.com

Footballer Jack Grealish put on quite a performance after scoring in England’s opening game at the World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

The Manchester City forward danced like a “worm” when he put the ball in the back of the net leading his team 6-2 against Iran on Monday.

Grealish promised 12-year-old football fan Finlay, from Manchester, he would perform the unusual dance next time he scored.

Finlay, who has cerebral palsy, met Grealish after the footballer sent him a “touching” letter leading up to the World Cup.

After the game Finlay told BBC Radio Manchester: "It's the best thing ever. I love you Grealish!

"It was amazing because he is my idol."

His dad, Dan, managed to catch the game after a hospital appointment a few hours before kick off.

"In the morning I injured my leg, so I had to go to A&E," he told the BBC.

"But thankfully I got back 10 minutes before the match started."

Dan said his son was  "jumping around, or trying to jump" and he screamed "come on" but never thought Grealish would keep his promise and perform the dance in front of millions of viewers.

"I actually thought he'd forget - but he remembered!

"When he did it I was like 'oh my God he's done the worm'!"

Finlay said: "I just can't believe it. It feels like a dream come true."

Grealish is his “superhero” and “very inspirational”, meeting him before the World Cup really boosted Finlay’s confidence.

After the game Grealish said:  "I got on really well with [Finlay].

"He asked me to do a celebration for him and luckily for him it come at the World Cup."

Mind you, there is one thing we forgot to mention - Dan is a Manchester United fan!

Despite the friendly rivalry between father and son Dan had a “lot of respect” for Grealish.

"He had so much on his plate; he had just scored a goal for England and he has remembered to do that celebration for Fin.

"Just shows what a legend the guy is."

Finlay went on to express his thanks to the City in the Community for providing an accessible play area where disabled kids can play footie.

"Anyone with disabilities, they can play with a smile on their face," he said.

"Before City in the Community, I got upset because I couldn't really play football.

"When I went there, it just made me happy that I could actually play football."

Jack Grealish met Finlay with his sister Hollie, who also has cerebral palsy.