The triumph of the British Babies, a terrifying clash… The Tops and Flops of England-Iran

Particularly carried by Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham, the Three Lions started their World Cup perfectly by sweeping Iran (6-2). Here are the Tops and Flops of this match between English and Iranians.

Jude Bellingham, England Iran game

The Tops of England-Iran

The triumph of the British Babies

For England, the best may be yet to come. The younger generation has indeed enough to raise a lot of hopes. After an already promising Euro 2021 despite a missed shot on goal in the final, Bukayo Saka thus confirms that he is one of the essential elements of this team. His superb double indeed rewarded an excellent match, full of generosity and risk-taking. The Arsenal striker never counts his efforts and can count on his speed and quality of dribbling to make his opponents dizzy. Jude Bellingham also scored his first World Cup goal. At 19, the nugget of Borussia Dortmund is already writing history. The native of Stourbridge indeed becomes the second youngest scorer (19 years and 145 days) in the history of his country behind a certain Michael Owen (18 years and 190 days).

The Three Lions finally reassure, Southgate can breathe

Arriving in Qatar, the English selection clearly had enormous pressure on their shoulders. Remaining on a series of six games without the slightest success in recent months (3 draws and 3 defeats), the finalists of Euro 2021 were therefore expected at the turn. And the response from the Reds and Whites was not long in coming. From the first moments of the game, the English showed a superb face. Very concentrated, inflicting a lot of pressure, the men of Gareth Southgate did what was necessary and imposed themselves logically. For the coach, it is finally time for relief. Highly criticized for many months, the 52-year-old technician started his World Cup in the best possible way. It only remains to be confirmed during the next meeting against Wales.

The strong gesture of Team Melli

Not really successful on the lawn, the Iranians nevertheless showed themselves in a good way during the pre-match. None of the players thus sang the anthem of the Islamic Republic. Difficult to see in this boycott anything other than support for the demonstrations which are currently taking place in the country. Since September, a large part of the youth has indeed taken to the streets and had to face very violent repression. The protesters demand in particular an improvement in the living conditions of women.

Harry Kane, Shadow Worker

In a match where England have scored six times, it is surprising that the Spurs player is not one of the scorers of the day. Prince Harry’s performance is no less excellent. The native of Walthamstow thus weighed on the defense of Team Melli as he knows how to do so well. He also made his teammates shine by delivering 2 assists. We still hope that the captain of the Three Lions will find the net in the coming days.

England-Iran Flops

Alireza Beiranvand’s Nightmare

The Persepolis goalkeeper had a terrible experience for his 54th selection with Team Melli. Hit head-on by one of his defenders in an extremely violent shock, the 30-year-old was forced to leave his place after only twenty minutes of play. A true centerpiece of this team, Alireza Beiranvand tried to stay on the grass. But with a visibly broken nose and a most likely foggy mind, the task was impossible. On this last point, it is surprising that the doctors of the Iranian selection did not force Alireza Beiranvand out sooner after such a brutal shock to the head. On this point, football could be inspired by the concussion protocol in force on rugby pitches.

Iran did not hold

Renowned for its defensive qualities, Team Melli completely sank after the exit of its goalkeeper on injury. During the qualification phase for the World Cup, the Iranian selection had only conceded 4 goals in 8 games. Unfortunately, it only took 71 minutes for England to pierce their opponent’s net five times. Despite a nice double from their star Mehdi Taremi, Iran will never have worried their opponent of the day. For the men of Carlos Queiroz, the error will not be allowed against the United States during the next meeting.