England vs Iran result, final score and reaction of Group B opener


Southgate confirms England players will be on their knees for the opening of the World Cup in Iran

England will take on Iran in their first meeting of the 2022 World Cup as Gareth Southgate’s men hope to qualify from Group B.

Their recent tournaments under Southgate have been impressive. They reached the semi-finals of the World Cup four years ago, before losing to Italy in the Euro 2020 final – no need to remind. With a core group of players set to feature in all three tournaments, can this campaign prove to be a long-awaited success or has Southgate’s team already past their peak?

James Maddison missed the game after training away from the rest of the squad, but everyone else was fit to go. The manager opted not to start Kalvin Phillips in midfield to test his fitness with Bukayo Saka, the lead selection in a more attacking looking side than we may be used to from Southgate.

Today’s encounter is England’s first time playing against Iran in competitive football. In Russia, Iran recorded its best performance at a World Cup in 2018, as they lost by just one point in the knockout phase. The Iranians are 20th in the FIFA rankings and have an experienced team to fall back on, which could make this a tricky opener for the Three Lions.

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Follow all the action from Qatar on our live blog below:


GOAL! England 6-1 Iran (Grealish, 90′)⚽️

90 minutes: six! Jude Bellingham superbly converted England from defense to attack and put Callum Wilson behind with a perfectly weighted pass.

Wilson picks up the ball and carries it into the box. The goalkeeper comes out to cut the corner at the near post and Wilson selflessly passes it to Jack Grealish who easily turns the ball into the open goal.

Michael JonesNov 21, 2022 2:59 PM


England 5-1 Iran

86 min: One touch play from Foden and Grealish sees Manchester City teammates take the ball into the penalty area from the right.

It gets to Rashford who decides not to shoot and passes it to Shaw instead. He has no corner to cross and must retreat with a pass back to Rice.

Michael JonesNov 21, 2022 2:57 PM


England 5-1 Iran

83 min: Luke Shaw curls a corner into the penalty area and John Stones clatters into Morteza Pouraliganji to give Iran a free kick.

England wants another one. They push with Grealish, Bellingham and Wilson all driving the game in the final third.


England 5-1 Iran

80 min: England have scored five or more goals in a major tournament match (World Cup/European Championship) for the second time in their history.

Both came under Gareth Southgate with the 6-1 victory over Panama in the 2018 World Cup, their first time doing it.

Michael JonesNovember 21, 2022 2:50 PM


England 5-1 Iran

77 min: Mehdi Taremi is still goal hungry. He runs well past Eric Dier and brings a through ball under control. Dier returns to his position to force the striker wide and Taremi shoots his attempt high and wide before sighing in frustration at the attempt.

Michael JonesNov 21, 2022 2:47 PM


England 5-1 Iran

74 min: England captain Harry Kane is replaced by Callum Wilson – back in the team for the first time since 2019. Kane played brilliantly tonight but will be sad not to score himself.

There are about 15 minutes left to play in Doha. Can England score more goals?

Michael JonesNov 21, 2022 2:46 PM


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England 4-1 Iran

70 min: Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount, Bukayo Saka and Harry Maguire are all taken away with Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Eric Dier.

Michael JonesNov 21, 2022 2:41 PM


England 4-1 Iran

68 min: Harry Maguire was hit to the side of the head during that Iranian goal and Gareth Southgate isn’t taking any chances with him. Eric Dier is prepared and ready to go for the Three Lions.

He will be one of four changes from Gareth Southgate.

Michael JonesNov 21, 2022 2:38 PM


GOAL! England 4-1 Iran (Taremi, 65′)⚽️

65 minutes: Iran gets one back! Sadegh Moharrami works the ball down the right and looks to get past Luke Shaw. The defender holds his ground and forces Moharrami to pass the ball in.

Ali Gholizadeh receives the pass and shoves it into the penalty area. Mehdi Taremi sprints after Harry Maguire, meets the loose ball and blasts it past Jordan Pickford to undo England’s clean sheet.

Michael JonesNovember 21, 2022 2:35 PM


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