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England start World Cup campaign with a dominating win

By Sami Betache Nov 23, 2022
Saka celebrating goal vs Iran Credit: CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA/Shutterstock

England kicked off their 2022 Qatar FIFA world cup campaign Monday with a 6-2 thrashing of Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium begging the question can they go all the way?

KU men’s Football team captain, Dolapo Ige said: “England’s performance was very good, and I think they moved the ball well and created chances.
“They reacted well to everything that was thrown at them. They were tactically sound.”

Bukayo Saka continued his table topping form from Arsenal with a brilliant brace and an overall great performance, looking like the reincarnation of the great Arjen Robben.

Ige said: “Saka’s performance was good because he showed what the modern-day winger should be like as he was quite direct. “I think if he continues playing with such confidence, he’s going to do great things for England.”

When it came to attacking, England were very dangerous with Mason Mount and Jude Bellingham joining the attack and getting into the box.

With the pace of Raheem Sterling and Saka on each wing The Three Lions always looked dangerous going forward with Harry Kane dropping and being the glue between the two attacking midfielders and the wingers.

Defensively, England looked very solid despite conceding two, with Harry Maguire and John Stones at the back, with Declan Rice just tidying up in front of the two.

England celebrating. Credit: CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA/Shutterstock

The Three Lions will have a slight concern with Maguire who was forced off with what looked like a concussion, however England manager Gareth Southgate said Maguire felt ill just before the first Iran goal.

With such a dominating win, the 1966 World Cup champions set their sites on the USA who they will face this Friday night.

Ige said: “I think England should do well against USA simply because they’re a better team who play better football.”

His overall prediction however is that ultimately England won’t win the World Cup but they will go far in the tournament.

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