England on Monday register a commanding 6-2 win against Iran in its Group B campaign opener in the ongoing FIFA World Cup at the Khalifa International stadium.
Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish were on the scoresheet in England’s demolition against a lowly Iran.
Dortmund teenager Bellingham opened England’s account in the 32nd minute with a towering header while also becoming the second youngest English player to score in World Cups, second only to Michael Owen.
Saka followed suit to double England’s lead in the 43rd minute before Raheem Sterling scored right at half-time to pile misery on the Middle Eastern nation.
Saka completed his brace, 17 minutes into the second half, despite a touch from subsitute keeper Hossein Hosseini, who came in to replace Alireza Beiranvand after the latter was stretchered off after a collison with his teammate.
Manchester United’s Rashford netted England’s fifth goal in the 71st minute within seconds after coming in as the replacement for Saka.
Moments before the end of regulation time, Jack Grealish found the back of the net with a tap in as Callum Wilson provided.
Mehdi Taremi’s brace— the first goal came in the 65th minute while the second, via a penalty at the end of stoppage time— was too little too late for Iran.
With this win, England tops group B and will face the USA on November 26 at the Al Bayt stadium while Iran takes on Wales on November 25 at the Al Rayyan stadium.