Manchester City winger Jack Grealish sent a message to Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson, after the 30-year-old set him up to score in England’s 6-2 destruction of Iran.
Taking to his Instagram story, the Three Lions wide-man shared an image of the players celebrating, after he had scored their sixth goal of the game.
Thanking the Toon forward for setting up his goal on a plate, Grealish said:
“What a man! Thanks for the assist @callumwilson”.
Sharing the post to his own Instagram story, Wilson replied:
“No worries, brother. I got you”.
Having come onto the pitch with just 14 minutes of regular time to go, the Newcastle striker had the opportunity to take a shot on goal.
Instead, he drove towards the byline, squaring the ball back to Grealish, who poked it in with an easy finish.
Grealish full of praise for Wilson
Just this act alone shows just how selfless a player Wilson really is.
At his first World Cup, the 30-year-old had the opportunity to shoot and potentially score.
However, for the good of the team, he decided to take the better option and lay the ball off.
This was an incredible gesture, which really impressed Gareth Southgate.
Taking to his post-match interview, the Three Lions boss claimed:
“What I particularly liked with Jack Grealish’s goal at the end, Callum Wilson is on and could have been selfish, but he was thinking of the team at that moment.”
This act was made all the more heroic as Wilson is not guaranteed minutes at the remainder of the World Cup.
Harry Kane will continue to lead the line for England, so unless Southgate wants an impact substitute, the Tyneside attacker will be left on the bench.
Hopefully his fleeting performance will be enough to convince the manager he is capable of performing when needs be.