The Three Lions of England kicked off their campaign with a 6-2 victory over Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on Monday.
After 35 minutes of tenacious play from Iran, Dortmund youngster Jude Bellingham broke the deadlock.
The teenager headed home after connecting with Luke Shaw’s cross, giving England a vital lead.
Arsenal’s whizkid Bukayo Saka then put the Three Lions on the board with his first World Cup goal off a cross from skipper Harry Kane.
Chelsea winger Raheem Sterling then made it three minutes before halftime, giving England a comfortable three-goal lead.
The rampage continued in the second half, with Bukayo Saka scoring his second goal of the game in the 61st minute with a clever finish following a deft run into the box.
Iran then pulled a goal back to re-energize the stadium after England’s poor defending allowed Mehdi Taremi to power home a shot past Jordan Pickford in goal.
Substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish then added to the misery with sublime finishes to put an end to the Iranians’ hopes of a comeback.
Iran, on the other hand, received a late penalty following a VAR review, and Taremi stepped up to beat Pickford for the second time in the game, reducing Iran’s deficit.
England now leads Group B with three points and will face the United States in their next match, while Iran will face Wales.
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