|Bukayo Saka celebrates with Jude Bellingham after getting England two ahead against Iran. England won 6-2. (Photo credit: GOAL)|
Chants of it’s coming home have hit the streets of Qatar again as they did in Russia at the last World Cup but, how will it end this time for England and their overzealous fans?
England blitzed past Iran in their opening game of the World Cup but Gareth Southgate must be worried that his side conceded two goals in the game. The former Middlesbrough defender handed a starting role to Arsenal’s sensational forward Bukayo Saka and the youngster repaid the faith with a brace.
A front three of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, and the Arsenal man struggled in the opening exchange to find the back of the net and it was Borussia Dortmund midfield star Jude Bellingham that found the back of the net with ten minutes from the end of the half.
Saka latched on a fine Harry Maguire pass to fire home a brilliant second and at that point, they looked like they were going to destroy the Iranians. Maguire’s name on the team sheet meant pressure considering his club form but again, he proved why Southgate trusts him.
Two became three before the end of the half as Sterling got into the act with the last kick of the first 45 minutes. Right after the hour mark, Saka danced through the Iranian defense and passed the ball into the net for his brace to make it four.
Iran pulled one back through the impressive Porto forward Mehdi Taremi but substitute Marcus Rashford restored the four-goal advantage after nutmegging an Iranian defender. Southgate ran a host of changes and there was time for another substitute to get on the score sheet.
Jack Grealish connected a Rashford pass after the latter was fed by another substitute Callum Wilson and tapping into an empty net wasn’t too much to ask. Taremi scored from the spot to paper the cracks but England ran off 6-2 winners, is it coming home?