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Qatar World Cup 2022: Jack Grealish keeps word to young fan with cerebral palsy by doing arm 'worm'

Jack Grealish kept his promise to a young fan with cerebral palsy by dedicating his goal against Iran to him by doing the arm 'worm' celebration

England footballer Jack Grealish kept his promise to a young fan with cerebral palsy by dedicating his goal against Iran with the arm ‘worm’ celebration.

He scored in the 89th minute of the Three Lions’ opening game against Iran and kept his word after promising an 11-year-old superfan he would dedicate his next goal to him with a celebratory dance .

Last week, the Manchester City star met Finlay, an 11-year-old fan who wrote the midfielder a letter congratulating him on raising awareness about cerebral palsy, a condition that affects movement and coordination.

Jack Grealish kept his promise to a young fan with cerebral palsy by dedicating his goal against Iran to him by doing the arm 'worm' celebration

Jack Grealish kept his promise to a young fan with cerebral palsy by dedicating his goal against Iran to him by doing the arm ‘worm’ celebration

Last week, the Manchester City star met Finlay, an 11-year-old fan who wrote the midfielder a letter congratulating him on raising awareness about cerebral palsy.

Last week, the Manchester City star met Finlay, an 11-year-old fan who wrote the midfielder a letter congratulating him on raising awareness about cerebral palsy.

Jack Grealish pictured with his sister Hollie, 19, who has cerebral palsy

Jack Grealish pictured with his sister Hollie, 19, who has cerebral palsy

The video, which was made for the Premier League Fan Mail, saw Jack read a letter from his young fan Finlay – who described him as his ‘idol’.

The letter read: ‘To Jack, my name is Finlay and I am 11 years old. I’m a huge Man City and England fan.

“I have cerebral palsy and saw that your sister had it too. Are you a good brother to her?

‘I like how you are really good with your sister, you really understand. You still have it with you and you look really proud. Especially when you won the league.

He continued, “I wish there were more people in the world like you who treat people with disabilities the same as everyone else.

“It makes me really happy when I see you, a famous footballer, knowing what it’s like to live with people with cerebral palsy.”

Grealish does celebratory arm 'worm' dance after making a promise to young Finlay

Grealish does celebratory arm ‘worm’ dance after making a promise to young Finlay

Jack Grealish kept his promise to a young fan with cerebral palsy by dedicating his goal against Iran to him by doing the arm 'worm' celebration

Jack Grealish kept his promise to a young fan with cerebral palsy by dedicating his goal against Iran to him by doing the arm ‘worm’ celebration

The youngster said he enjoys playing football but described some of the difficulties he faced including not finding the right football boots and being slower than his peers due to his affected movements.

He finished: ‘I hope you get this letter, you are my hero and your sister’s best big brother.

“It’s my dream to meet you and give you a high five because I can’t shake your hand.”

In response to Finlay, Grealish, 27, arranged to meet the youngster and promised that the next time he scored a goal he would celebrate by doing a dance of Finlay’s choice on the pitch.

Asking him to do the ‘worm’, Grealish laughed that he would probably hurt himself and promised to do the arm ‘worm’ instead.

After scoring England’s sixth goal of the match, the footballer celebrated with his Three Lions team-mates and then performed the arm swing as promised.

Fans were quick to congratulate him on social media after the goal, calling him “an absolute legend” and a “man of his word”.

Others said the moment brought them “tears” after watching the heartwarming moment.

During the video, Grealish opened up about her “close relationship” with her sister Hollie, 19, who also has cerebral palsy.

In his response to Finlay, he paid a heartfelt tribute to his 19-year-old younger brother, saying, “I love him so much.”

Sweet:

Sweet: “They said she couldn’t talk, she couldn’t walk and do a lot of things, but here we are and she can do anything,” he continued

Jack shared, “I am so close to my little sister.  Hollie is 19 now, she was born three months early.

Jack shared, “I am so close to my little sister. Hollie is 19 now, she was born three months early.

Letters: Reading the letter aloud, the Manchester City player read: 'To Jack, my name is Finlay and I am 11 years old.  I'm a huge Man City fan and an England fan.  I have cerebral palsy and I saw that your sister also had cerebral palsy

Letters: Reading the letter aloud, the Manchester City player read: ‘To Jack, my name is Finlay and I am 11 years old. I’m a huge Man City fan and an England fan. I have cerebral palsy and I saw that your sister also had cerebral palsy

Gifts: the footballer replied to his young fan, accompanied by a signed football shirt

Gifts: the footballer replied to his young fan, accompanied by a signed football shirt

Speaking to the camera, Jack explained: ‘I’m so close to my little sister. Hollie is 19 now, she was born three months early.

“They said she couldn’t talk, she couldn’t walk and do a lot of things, but here we are and she can do anything.

“Obviously I love her so much, yeah I think I’m a good big brother to her,” he laughed.

Grealish has previously opened up about his relationship with younger sister Hollie, taking to Instagram on her birthday to gushed: “Keep being you and the happy little girl that you are.”

Earlier this year, he was appointed Chief Ambassador for Special Olympics GB with the aim of fostering greater inclusion in the sport.

He said: “I had been thinking for some time about how best to use the platform football gave me to create positive change, and it had to be something very close to my heart.”

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