England’s Qatar World Cup has started with an impressive score line.
They beat Iran with two goals with an outclassed in an incident-packed match in Doha.
Gareth Southgate’s side strolled to victory leaving the Iran’s in a state of hopelessness.
Jude Bellingham got England off the mark in this World Cup with a soaring header from Luke Shaw’s cross 10 minutes before the break.
The game was in the favor of England before half-time thanks to Bukayo Saka’s fine strike and Raheem Sterling’s classy volley with the outside of his foot from Harry Kane’s cross.
Just before the first half England had three goals already.
Saka got his second before Iran’s supporters were given a moment of real delight when Mehdi Taremi scored a fine goal after 65 minutes.
But England substitute Marcus Rashford then netted another smooth, composed strike with his first involvement.
England 78% ball passion as against 22% for Iran with 13 shot at target and Iran making eight shots.
Before the final whistle from the referee England had bagged six goals with two for the Iran.
Goals for England were from Bellingham (35’minutes), Saka (43’minutes, 62’minutes), Sterling (45’+1minutes), Rashford (71’minutes), Grealish (90’minutes).