Stephen Dunmoye

England hwe thrashed Iran by 6 goals to 2 in their opening game of the 2022 World Cup at Khalifa International Stadium.

Jude Bellingham opened the scoring with a well-taken header before Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling extended England’s lead in the first half.

Saka scored a fourth for Gareth Southgate’s side in the second half before Mehdi Taremi pulled one back for Iran.

Substitute Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish scored late in the second half to add gloss to the result for England, while Taremi managed a late consolation goal from the spot.