England vs Iran FIFA World Cup 2022: The Three Lions beat Iran 6-2 in the opening match
England debuted in the 2022 Qatar World Cup with a 6-2 triumph over Iran in the first Group B encounter. Bukayo Saka scored twice for the Three Lions, while Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Jude Bellingham, and Marcus Rashford scored once. Iran’s Mehdi Taremi scored both goals.
In the first half, Luke Shaw sent in a cross that was headed beyond substitute goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini by Jude Bellingham.
Bukayo Saka then increased England’s lead with a fierce shot from inside the D, and Raheem Sterling converted on the volley of a cross from Harry Kane to make it 3-0 as England went into the half with a three-goal lead.
Saka then went on to complete his brace, extending England’s lead, but Mehdi Taremi assisted Iran in opening their account shortly after. Marcus Rashford scored England’s fifth goal after coming on as a substitute, and Jack Grealish made it 6-1 with an easy tap-in. Iran was then given a late penalty, which Taremi converted successfully.
However, England took the lead with goals from Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, and Raheem Sterling, as Iran suffered an early setback when their first-choice goalkeeper was stretchered off after colliding with an England forward. Saka completed his brace in the second half. At the same time, Manchester United youngsters Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish made immediate contributions after coming off the bench, putting the final two nails in Iran’s coffin.
England’s star-studded squad
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Newcastle United), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Everton, loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham United).
Forwards: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), James Maddison (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Callum Wilson (Newcastle United)
England Vs Iran – Match Lineups
England: Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Bellingham, Rice, Saka, Mount, Sterling, Kane.
Subs: Walker, Grealish, Henderson, Rashford, Pope, Phillips, Dier, Coady, Alexander-Arnold, Foden, White, Ramsdale, Wilson, Maddison, Gallagher.
Iran: Beiranvand, Moharrami, Pouraliganji, Cheshmi, Majid Hosseini, Mohammadi, Noorollahi, Karimi, Hajsafi, Jahanbakhsh, Taremi.
Subs: Khalilzadeh, Ezatolahi, Ansarifard, Amiri, Niazmand, Kanaani, Ghoddos, Torabi, Gholizadeh, Azmoun, Abedzadeh, Rezaeian, Seyed Hosseini, Jalali.