Gary Lineker’s brother Wayne takes credit for Jack Grealish bagging for England

Ibiza icon Wayne Lineker has claimed credit for Jack Grealish's first World Cup goal with England after the Manchester City star came on late to bag a sixth against Iran on Monday.

The Three Lions kicked off their World Cup campaign with a crushing win over Iran where there were five different goalscorers in a 6-2 victory. Jude Bellingham scored the opener before Bukayo Saka doubled the lead soon after.

Raheem Sterling made it three just before half-time before Saka grabbed a second and second-half subs Marcus Rashford and Grealish boosted the scoreline. Talented striker Mehdi Taremi had scored two of his own but Gareth Southgate might not have dreamed of better opening matches compared to other tournaments.

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But can he thank his secret weapon Lineker? The Ibiza club owner, and brother of Gary, hosted Grealish before the tournament got underway at his club O Beach Ibiza. Wayne took to Instagram to upload a picture he took with the City superstar back in the summer.

He wrote: "Looks like getting loose in ibiza was good pre tournament training ..jack sealing the victory #yesjack #itscominghome."

The younger Lineker brother has over 850,000 followers on Instagram and has hosted a number of other sporting celebrities across his social media page including Bellingham, Frank Lampard and Conor McGregor.

Meanwhile, Southgate has insisted there is room for improvement after conceding two late goals to Iran. With matches against USA and Wales coming up, the England boss wants to team to sharpen up.

“We are really pleased to start the tournament in this way and really pleased with our attacking play,” England’s head coach said. “I didn’t like the end of the game. To concede two goals the way we did isn’t the level we need.

“We are going to have to be better in certain aspects of our game against the USA because they are going to be coming for us full-throttle. I don’t like games that drift.

"It was difficult because there was so much added time in both halves. I understand the focus drifting but that won’t be enough for us to progress in the tournament, so we still have a lot to do to qualify.”


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