Jack Grealish is loved, adored and relied upon by many – but in one household, he's reached sainthood.
The Manchester City attacker, famed for his calves like great hams, has been immortalised on a candle that one Twitter user, Sarah (opens in new tab), lit ahead of the last-16 clash against Senegal. The candle features Grealish himself pictured as a saint, holding a cross and with a flowery crown, with the caption, "Take your chance" below – and it must have worked, given that England won 3-0, with Grealish coming on in the second half to shore up the lead for the Three Lions.
"Don’t worry everyone I’ve lit the Grealish candle," Sarah told her followers in a tweet that garnered 10,000 likes that evening, adding, "My DMs are open" in a reply below the original tweet that she tagged Grealish in. Like the Three Lions No.7 did against Iran, you've got to shoot your shot.
Don’t worry everyone I’ve lit the Grealish candle #ENGvsSEN pic.twitter.com/1YmSm0YC6VDecember 4, 2022
The candle in question isn't a one-off, either. It's available to buy from the website Aint Saint (opens in new tab), which produces candles in honour of popular culture figures.
Among the footballing heroes brought to life by Aint Saint are Liverpool and Manchester City managers, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola respectively. Former Leeds United and Argentina boss, Marcelo Bielsa is available to buy on a candle, as is Grealish's national coach, Gareth Southgate, with the caption on the front of, "It's coming home" (what else would it be?).
The website also offers the likes of chef Ainsley Harriott, singers Britney Spears and Beyonce and even David Beckham.
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