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2022 FIFA World Cup: Bukayo Saka scores brace as England secure a comfortable 6-2 victory over Iran (Video)

Bukayo Saka scored a brace as England secured a comfortable6-2 victory over Iran in their opening World Cup game.

Jude Bellingham scored the opening goal, before Bukayo Saka doubled the Three Lions’ lead, sending a volley in off the crossbar.

Raheem Sterling grabbed a third in the latter stages of the first half and Saka added a fourth with a smart finish just after the hour mark.

Iran pulled one back through Mehdi Taremi, his poked effort soared in off the crossbar, leaving Jordan Pickford with no chance.

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Marcus Rashford hit back with a fifth before Jack Grealish put the icing on the cake, despite Iran’s late penalty.

Both Sterling and Saka grabbed goals in the victory over Iran and their positioning was key in providing a variety of options in attack.

Each looked to occupy a more central position when Harry Kane picked up the ball and drifted wide when Mount had possession in midfield.

Sterling’s darting run was trademark for a player who has scored 19 times for England — linking up once again with Kane who did not even look up before delivering to the Chelsea forward.

Saka’s Arsenal form seeped through in an England shirt, dispatching a perfectly timed volley in the first half before finishing low in the second half to put England 4-0 up.

Watch the video of the match below;

Southgate utilised the tournament in Qatar being the first World Cup to allow five substitutes in the game.

As the 2018 semi-finalists looked to close out a comfortable victory, Foden, Grealish, Rashford, Dier and Callum Wilson were all introduced.

And it took less than two minutes for Rashford to hit a fifth, demonstrating the true quality of England’s squad.

With the game already put to bed, it gave the head coach a perfect opportunity to rotate and give others a chance to stake their place for the remainder of the tournament.

What’s Next?

England will be playing against the USA on Friday 25 November at 20:00, while Ecuador will face the Netherlands on the same at 11:00.

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