England vs Iran Highlights: Kane Harry-led England romped Iran as ‘Three Lions’ won the opening match against Iran in the Group B match on the Day 2 of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Monday. Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling scored three goals for England giving the former World Cup winner a defining edge over Iran. Later, second goal by Saka and a super tap-in by Jack Grealish made it 6-2 for England. For Iran, Mehdi Taremi scored two goals to keep the team alive in the match.
Meanwhile, under the pressure from FIFA, the English side had to ditch the idea of wearing ‘One Love’ armbands. Now, latest reports suggest that not only England, six other European nations will not wear the armbands. There was a heart-touching moment when the Iranian footballers refused to sing the national anthem to mark their respect for the protesters of Hijab stir.
Notably, this will be the first time that these teams will be playing against each other. Taking a look at the World Cup performance of England (current FIFA ranking: 5), the team took the trophy home in 1966; while Iran (current FIFA ranking 20) has never progressed to the knockout stage in the World Cup. However, Iran has a good recent past record as they won two games out of their last five games. England, on the other hand, have not won a single match in their last six games.
Iran Full Squad:
Goalkeepers: Alireza Beiranvand, Amir Abedzadeh, Seyed Hossein Hosseini, Payam Niazmand
Defenders: Ehsan Hajsafi, Morteza Pouraliganji, Ramin Rezaeian, Milad Mohammadi, Hossein Kanaanizadegan, Shojae Khalilzadeh, Sadegh Moharrami, Rouzbeh Cheshmi, Majid Hosseini, Abolfazl Jalali
Midfielders: Ahmad Noorollahi, Saman Ghoddos, Vahid Amiri, Saeid Ezatolahi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Mehdi Torabi, Ali Gholizadeh, Ali Karimi
Forwards: Karim Ansarifard, Sardar Azmoun, Mehdi Taremi
England Full Squad:
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale
Defenders: Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Eric Dier, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Conor Coady, Ben White, Trent Alexander-Arnold
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher, Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Kalvin Phillips
Forwards: James Maddison, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson, Marcus Rashford
Eng vs Iran FIFA World Cup 2022: Time and Venue
The England vs Iran football match will kick off at 6:30 pm IST in Khalifa International Stadium.
Eng vs Iran FIFA World Cup 2022: Where can you watch the match?
The England vs Iran match can be watched on Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV.
Eng vs Iran FIFA World Cup 2022: Where to live stream?
The match will be streamed live on Jio Cinema app and website.
Catch the highlights of the match here:
Great goals, perfect finishes and the match comes to an end! England has begun its World Cup campaign with super win against Iran. With staggering 6 goals against 2 by Iran's Taremi, it was a goal-fest for sure!
Taremi's second goal gives some consolation to Iran.
Iran awarded late penalty. now, it's England 6-2 Iran
Jordan Pickford's excellent reflexes keep it 6-1 for England
It was Wilson assist for Grealish that gave sixth goal for the Three Lions!
Jack Grealish taps it home and adds a sixth for England.
The 5-1 lead by England is stuff for record books! Such performance against Iran didn't happen since 2000.
Rashford is playing in place of Bukayo Saka.
Marcus Rashford, who came as the substitute, scored a brilliant goal under 30 seconds! With this, England is now 5-1 against Iran.
Arsene 'The Professor' Wenger among the audience!
Some consolation for Iran as Mehdi Taremi scores first goal. Now the scoreboard reads 4-1
Bukayo Saka scores second goal. Noe England is 4-0 against Iran.
England is in commanding position with 3-0 against Iran
Raheem Sterling scores third goal for England!
Three Lions take the lead with goal no.2 by Saka!
The 19-year-old has become the second youngest player from the English side to score at the World Cup. Ofcourse, the fans are singing 'Hey Jude' !
Hey Jude! Teen rockstar Bellingham seizes the moment for England with this terrific goal!
The current FIFA match is being played in the backdrop of tension in Tehran over Hijab protests. Iran's captain paid tributes to those who were killed in the protests.
Bad news for Iran! Alireza Beiranvand suffers hand injury. Medical team was on the ground. After some thought, Iran has decided to replace Alireza. Now, Hossein Hosseini will play in place of Alireza.
The match has begun! We saw English players taking the knee!
As of now, things look dicey about the armbands. However, some reports suggest that Kane will wear the armband.
Everyone knows that the LGBTQ relationships are banned in Qatar. So, the plan of England to sport the 'one love' armbands have been ditched.
Wondering who will lead the English side? Here's what we know about the confirmed list of playing squad of the English side. The team will be led by Harry Kane.
Hello and welcome to the FE Live Blog on the FIFA World Cup. Day 2 will see the thrilling match between England and Iran at around 6:30 pm IST.