England in their World Cup opening match have thrashed Iran 6-2 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka scored for his country in the 43rd and 62nd minutes in his first ever FIFA World Cup tournament.

Gareth Southgate’s youthful side took the lead through a header from Jude Bellingham before Saka and Raheem Sterling scored later in the first half in a dominant display.

Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford, joined by Saka doubled the score line in the second half to secure all three points for their side.

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In the 10 minute extra time given, Iran secured a penalty that helped them get a second goal in the net against the Three Lions.

England had a rather shaky start to the tournament as FIFA had banned their captain Harry Kane from wearing the ‘OneLove’ armband threatening to slam the forward with a yellow card if he went on to the pitch with it.

They opted to back down from pushing for the armband to be worn just hours before their match with Iran kicked-off. They are currently top in Group B.

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