England fans dare to believe they will be in Qatar World Cup final after 6-2 victory in opener
England fans are already daring to believe that they will be in the Qatar World Cup final after their 6-2 win against Iran but even a frustrated Gareth Southgate warned that the Three Lions should not have conceded two goals.
England boss Southgate was quick to deflate the feel-good factor after his side’s victory at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, insisting that ‘we’re going to have to be better’.
‘I’ve got to be really happy but we shouldn’t be conceding two goals at that stage in the game,’ he told the BBC after the 6-2 thumping.
‘We will have to be right on our game against the USA. It is a great start but we have to be better.
While he was full of praise for the threatening midfield and attacking lines, as well as the control from the defense for the first hour, Southgate added: ‘I’m a miserable so and so. I should be more excited but I have to keep the team on the right track.
Today’s match saw Southgate’s wonderkids Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka score three goals between them, with the in-form Arsenal man grabbing a brace.
Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling and substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish grabbed the other three in a superb performance.
Thousands of Three Lions supporters were in the stadium, while millions watched at home, work or in pubs along high streets across the UK deserted as people settled down for the 1pm match.
There were wild scenes at pubs and fanparks across the UK as England thrashed the Iranians.
And fans were quick to take to social media to praise the performance, with one user even saying: ‘I have a feeling that England will reach the World Cup final.’
However, others pointed out that their opponents Iran were the worst team in the tournament.
A supporter tweeted: ‘Qatar: We’re the worst team at the World Cup. Iran: Hold my non-alcoholic beer.
England fans are already daring to believe that they will be in the Qatar World Cup final after their 6-2 win against Iran at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha. Pictured: Supporters celebrate at Newcastle’s Central Park
And fans were quick to take to social media to praise the performance, with one user even saying: ‘I have a feeling that England will reach the World Cup final’
However, others pointed out that their opponents, Iran, were the worst team in the tournament.
The rout began when Birmingham-born Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Bellingham, 19, sent thousands of fans in the stadium wild – and millions at home – as he rose to nod home after a cross from Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.
He made history with the header as he became the second teenager in history to score in a World Cup for England, after Michael Owen against Argentina in 1998.
Minutes later Saka, 21, smashed home a left foot shot off the crossbar. And then Sterling, 27, blasted in a volley following a cross from captain Harry Kane, effectively winning the game before half time.
In the second half Saka then grabbed a fourth goal – his second – with an hour on the clock, passing it into the net after a mazy run. He became the youngest England player to score two at a World Cup.
Gareth Southgate’s side would not be able to boast a clean sheet however, Iran striker Mehdi Taremi pegged back England with a fierce strike past Pickford.
Marcus Rashford scored and restored a four goal advantage to make it 5–1. Jack Grealish then made it 6-1 with a minute to go, doing ‘the worm’ as a celebration after a promise to an 11-year-old Manchester City fan with cerebral palsy. Jack’s sister also has the condition.
Jack Grealish made it 6-1 against Iran with a minute to go, doing ‘the worm’ as a celebration after a promise to an 11-year-old Manchester City fan with cerebral palsy. England would win 6-2
Jude Bellingham of England celebrates with Mason Mount after scoring their team’s first goal as the Three Lions dominated Iran
Pickford made a superb stop from Sardar Azmoun in the latter stages of 10 minutes of injury time before Iran were awarded a penalty after a VAR check.
John Stones was adjudged to have pulled the shirt of Taremi, who then sent Pickford the wrong way to reduce the arrears to 6–2 with the last kick of the game.
The Three Lions could have had at least eight goals. They were denied a clear penalty just three minutes into the game, when Harry Maguire was clearly dragged down in the box. Maguire later headed against the crossbar.