Who is Marcus Rashford’s friend Garfield Hayward, what was the England star’s World Cup celebration about?

MARCUS RASHFORD is the top of the World Cup Golden Boot table after his brace against Wales.

The England star has scored three goals in Qatar so far, including one in the Three Lions’ opening game against Iran.

Garfield Hayward (right) died after a battle with cancer

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Garfield Hayward (right) died after a battle with cancer
Marcus Rashford dedicated his free-kick against Wales to his friend Garfield Hayward

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Marcus Rashford dedicated his free-kick against Wales to his friend Garfield HaywardPhoto credit: Getty

Rashford opened the scoring against Wales with a stunning 25-yard free-kick.

But it was his celebration that caught the attention of viewers and pundits alike.

The Manchester United striker got on his knees and gestured skyward with both hands after enjoying the moment with his team-mates.

Rashford explained after the game that the goal was dedicated to his late friend Garfield Hayward, who passed away just days ago after a battle with cancer.

Who is Garfield Hayward?

Hayward was a close friend of Rashford, whom the 25-year-old described as a “huge supporter of mine”.

“Unfortunately I lost a friend of mine a few days ago,” Rashford said after the game.

“He’s been battling cancer for quite a long time so I’m glad I managed to score for him.

“He’s always been a huge supporter of mine.

“He was just a great person and I’m really happy that he came into my life.”

It was also reported by MailOnline that Hayward’s nephew Steven said: “My heart hurts so much knowing that in this life I will not see you again.

“Uncle Garf, one of the most realistic people I’ve ever known. You were the man with the most beautiful soul.

“You will forever be in my thoughts and heart until the day I die.”

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