With a comfortable victory over Iran, England climbed to the top of Group B. The Three Lions were led by two goals by Bukayo Saka.
Aaron Ramsdale, a star for Arsenal, sat on the substitutes’ bench as England defeated Iran 6-2 to start the World Cup off right.
Phil Foden was benched in favor of Bukayo Saka, who will start in the attack alongside Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount of Chelsea, Harry Kane of Tottenham, and Raheem Sterling. After a sluggish start in Doha, England’s talented Borussia Dortmund player
Jude Bellingham scored with a spectacular header.
Before scoring the Three Lions’ second goal and surpassing Michael Owen as England’s second-youngest goal scorer at a major tournament, Saka had already made an early threat. The Gunners superstar then scored his second goal, England’s fourth, with a composed finish into the bottom corner in the 62nd minute following a wild run inside the Iranian penalty area.
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Ramsdale faces a challenge in unseating Jordan Pickford as England’s No. 1 goalkeeper, but after speculating on how the Arsenal player may perform at the World Cup in Qatar, he was able to see his prediction for Saka come true.
Ramsdale stated during an England press conference on Friday before their Group B opener against Iran on Monday: “The kid’s (Saka) a lovely boy, he has time for everyone, he works super hard throughout every week.
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“He used all that motivation of criticism but more so the love that everyone gave him. I can’t wait to see him take this stage and thrive over here.”
In an effort to keep his starting position for the match against the USA later this week, Saka reacted to Ramsdale’s prediction with two goals.
Following a fantastic first performance by the Three Lions as they got off to the perfect start in Qatar, the Gunners two were pictured cuddling after the final whistle.