Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka have put England two and three goals up in their World Cup 2022 opener against Iran.
With the build-up of the opening match against Iran dominated by conversation of the OneLove armband that Harry Kane was set to wear as captain, only for BBC pundit Alex Scott to wear it.
The game was stopped for around 14 minutes, too – added on at the end of the first half when Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand was injured after a collision with one of his own players, following a cross from Harry Kane.
Jude Bellingham opened the scoring with a stunning header from a Luke Shaw cross, meeting the ball and becoming the third-youngest player to have ever scored at a tournament for the Three Lions. The youngest still remains Michael Owen, with his goal against Romania at France ’98.
Bellingham also became the first player to have scored for England at a tournament while playing for a European club since David Beckham in 2006.
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Bukayo Saka scored a stunning volley with his left foot shortly after, banishing some of the demons of the Euro 2020. Saka missed the decisive penalty at Wembley that resulted in Italy taking the crown.
The Arsenal man has been in incredible form for his club this season, with the Gunners top of the Premier League by five points and the No.7 their standout performer so far.
Sterling from Sterling 🔥England are in dreamland after Raheem Sterling adds the third against Iran!💻🖥📱 Watch on @BBCiPlayer, listen on @BBCSounds, get more on the @BBCSport app#BBCFootball #BBCWorldCupNovember 21, 2022
In the first minute of stoppage time, Raheem Sterling then managed to score a no-look volley from a Harry Kane cross.
This was Sterling’s first goal at a World Cup following his performances at 2014 and 2018 for the Three Lions, though the now-Chelsea man notched four goals at Wembley at Euro 2020.