DOHA, Qatar - England began their 2022 World Cup campaign in style by thrashing Iran 6-2 thanks to a brace from Bukayo Saka and tries from Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, and Jack Grealish. World Cup 2022: News and Reports Bellingham opened the scoring with his first England goal in the 35th minute, while Sterling and Saka helped Gareth Southgate's men take a comfortable 3–0 lead before half-time. (England Make A Big Statement At The World Cup As Jude Bellingham Wins 6-2 Against Iran) Saka scored a superb individual effort to put England ahead in sight shortly after the hour mark before Mehdi Taremi scored a consolation for Iran, but Rashford and Grealish came on to shine in the Three Lions' first Group B game. Gave. Stoppage time penalty from Taremi. (England Make A Big Statement At The World Cup As Jude Bellingham Wins 6-2 Against Iran) Quick Response 1. England-Made Football Statement, Iran-Made Policy A day that began with a fight over One Love's anti-discrimination bracelet as England looked to make a political statement ended with Gareth Southgate's side making a football as they secured a resounding victory. Amid yellow card threats for captain Harry Kane after FIFA refused a special dispensation to the seven nations planning to wear the armband, England dropped the gesture just three hours before kick-off. Broadcast On ESPN+: Laliga, Bundesliga, More (USA) However, the controversy did not affect England's performance, and neither did the 10-minute delay, as Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beyranvand was forced to attempt to continue before introducing his own substitution in a strange and confusing display of so-called protocol. Had to face only one setback. Three goals in an 11-minute blitz made a strange-looking match on paper a relative walk off at the Khalifa International Stadium. (England Make A Big Statement At The World Cup As Jude Bellingham Wins 6-2 Against Iran) Although England took a knee before kick-off, they continued the anti-racism message they sent at last summer's European Championship belatedly. Meanwhile, Iran's players did not sing their national anthem before the match. Although no one from his camp has confirmed the motive, it comes amid more than two months of protests in Iran sparked by the death of a 22-year-old woman in the custody of the country's morality police, who shot a Has created the biggest challenge for the clerical leaders of the country since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. (England Make A Big Statement At The World Cup As Jude Bellingham Wins 6-2 Against Iran) 2. Bellingham Justified The Hype For Giving England Hope The biggest progress in their England team since last year's run to the Euro 2020 final has been the emergence of Jude Bellingham, a central midfielder capable of adding dynamism and ingenuity to an area of the pitch that England has lacked for years There is a shortage. Hence, there was a lot of hope for the 19-year-old, who made only his ninth international start and on Monday became the third-youngest person to start a World Cup match for England. It could hardly have been better. Bellingham rose cleverly to clear a superb header past Luke Shaw to score the first goal in the 35th minute, the apotheosis of a first half in which he completed all 40 pass attempts, 10 of which came in the final third. That goal meant that he became the first player to score in the World Cup in this century. Bellingham was at the center of England's third goal, heading forward and finding Kane, who in turn set up Raheem Sterling to finish first at the near post. Bellingham's clever use of the ball already seems integral to serving England's attacking players the way they can thrive. There is a long way to go, but it was a very promising start, and it has certainly attracted the attention of top clubs who are looking to sign the Borussia Dortmund star, including Liverpool, Manchester City, and Real Madrid. 3. System Change Gives England Best Move Forward England manager Gareth Southgate argues as follows: When playing a back three, England is very cautious, but when playing a back four, England is usually more attacking. Southgate's opinion is based on England's general failings in the tournament before his appointment in 2016 (turning the ball into midfield, being too predictable in open play, to name but two), often with an extra central to help compensate. Prioritize the safety of the defender. these limits. (England Make A Big Statement At The World Cup As Jude Bellingham Wins 6-2 Against Iran) But the growing argument is that there is so much talent in this group of players that they can rely on them to play in a more expansive style without the inherent caution, and that England's deployment is 4–3–3 rather than 3–4–3. Or in the form of 4-2-3-1. The last game was the right call as Southgate's side was brimming with style and invention. A compact and well-coached Iranian side, while openly focused on defending until the game was lost, simply could not cope and Southgate had the depth of attacking talent at his disposal with Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish The example was given as an option, searching for both networks. (England Make A Big Statement At The World Cup As Jude Bellingham Wins 6-2 Against Iran) There were still some defensive issues – Mehdi Taremi scored a good consolation goal before adding a second in the 65th minute for a penalty awarded on VAR review. Extra time continues - but the noise of taking the break off-hand for Southgate will only increase after that. Player Ratings (1 Worst, 10 Best) England: Pickford 7, Trippier 7, Stones 7, Maguire 7, Shaw 7, Bellingham 9, Rice 7, Mount 8, Sakya 9, Kane 8, Stirling 8. Substitutes: Dier 7, Rashford 7, Grealish 7, Foden 7, Wilson 7. Iran: Beranvand 5, Moharrami 4, Pouraliganji 4, Cheshire 4, Hosseini 4, Mohammadi 4, Jahanbakhsh 5, Nourollahi 5, Karimi 5, Hajsafi 5, Taremi 6. Subs: Hosseini 4, Ezatolahi 5, Gholizdeh 5, Toradi 5, Azmoun 5. best and worst performers Best: Jude Bellingham He set the tone for an impressive performance with the opening goal and was at the center of England's best game. Beranvand was hard to come by with an injury, but on more than one occasion he was beaten too easily. Highlights And Highlights When England scores a goal in the World Cup, there's only one place for the wild reaction of fans to go: Boxpark Croydon. Thus the fans celebrated Jude Bellingham's first goal in the 35th minute. And the revelers had time to serve up fresh pins before England scored two more goals to make it 3–0 at half-time. Key Stats (Provided by ESPN Stats & Info) Jude Bellingham became the first player to score a World Cup goal in this century. At 19 years and 145 days, Bellingham is England's third youngest goalscorer at the World Cup. Michael Owen scored twice in the 1998 World Cup at the age of 18 years, 191 days and 18 years, 198 days. At 21 years and 77 days, Bukayo Saka became the youngest England player with a multi-goal game at the World Cup. It was the first time since 1982 that England had scored three goals in a FIFA World Cup opening match, and the first time they had scored three goals in the first half of an opening match. Marcus Rashford became the fourth substitute to score for England at the World Cup and the first since Steven Gerrard against Sweden in 2006. Harry Kane became the first English player to record two assists in a World Cup match since David Beckham vs David Beckham. Trinidad and Tobago in 2006. England's six goals against Iran were the joint-most ever scored in a FIFA World Cup match, along with their six goals in a 6–1 win over Panama in 2018. England joined Germany in the last 30 years of the World Cup as the only teams to score six or more goals in their opening game. Germany beat Saudi Arabia 8–0 in match number 1 on their way to finishing as losing finalists in 2002. Till Next Time ENGLAND: After their impressive performance against Iran, England may find that Friday's Group B clash against the United States (2 p.m. ET kick-off) can't come soon enough. However, the Americans have a better record than the Three Lions, having surprised them with a 1–0 victory at the 1950 World Cup and then a 1–1 draw at the 2010 tournament. group against neighbors Wales, whom they beat 2–1 having last met in a tournament at Euro 2016 on 29 November at 2 p.m. at Iran will take on Gareth Bale & Co. on Friday at 5PM. M. ET, before taking on USA ET on Nov. 29.