The Three Lions scored six goals against an Iranian team that appeared, to say the least, hapless in today’s opening encounter of the 2022World Cup. Gareth Southgate selected Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, and Harry Kane to lead the attack in the encounter that took off at 16:00 local time in front of a crowd of approximately 45,000. At the back, Harry Maguire and John Stones were paired with Jordan Pickford, the Everton goalkeeper, standing between the posts.
In their 6-2 setback, Iran primarily depended on veteran Mehdi Taremi, who scored twice. With a header in the box, Jude Bellingham scored the first goal.
Saka then scored the second goal, followed by a goal by Raheem Sterling to end the first half. England dominated the game from the outset, dictating possession and scoring magnificent goals.
Southgate’s team scored three more goals in the second half, with substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish each scoring one. Saka would then score his brace before being substituted. From the bench, the two Manchester players performed admirably.
The Netherlands take against Senegal at 19:00 hours as England leads their group. Due to an injury, Sadio Mane, who left Liverpool for Bayern Munich, will not be available for Senegal. The African champions will look to earn at least a point against the experienced Dutch squad.
United States of America will meet Wales in the final match of the day.