news CHRIS SUTTON’S ENGLAND MATCH RATINGS: Bukayo Saka justified Gareth Southgate’s decision to start him
There was plenty to be left impressed by as England got their World Cup campaign underway with a thumping 6-2 victory over Iran.Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling,
Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish all netted in what was a near-perfect opening display by Gareth Southgate's side.Sportsmail's CHRIS SUTTON rules the roost as he gives his verdict
on how England players performed at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar. There were some top performances all around as England cruised to win against IranENGLAND (4-3-3)
Jordan Pickford - 6/10Iran scored from two of their three shots on target, but Pickford's finger-tipped save to deny Sardar Azmoun bagging them a third goal was brilliant..
England's undisputed first-choice goalkeeper left disappointed to not have a clean sheet. It happens!Saves - 1Passes completed - 28 Iran scored two out of three shots on target
though Jordan Pickford did produce a top saveKieran Trippier - 7.5/10Trippier's balls into the box were deadly, one cross leading to a Maguire header against the crossbar.
Newcastle's right back is reliable down that flank and with no Reece James, this set-piece specialist showed why he's a sure starter for England.Passes completed - 88Tackles -
5Blocks - 0 John Stones - 7/10 While there's been the debate over whether Maguire should be at this World Cup, let alone starting, there is no doubting Stones. He was on cruise
control for most of this match - the only disappointment being VAR's harsh penalty awarded against him.Passes completed - 117Tackles - 0Blocks - 0 John Stones (right) was in cruise
control but will be disappointed to give away a harsh penaltyHarry Maguire - 7/10Caught out by Mehdi Taremi's run for Iran's opener but overall, Maguire put in a good performance
amid the pressure on him. Opponents are petrified of him at set pieces and his cushioned header for Saka's first goal was as legal as it was smart.Passes completed - 74Tackles -
1Blocks - 0 Harry Maguire frightened Iran at set pieces and put in a good performance for EnglandLuke Shaw - 7.5/10Lovely left-footed cross for Bellingham to open the scoring and
start the party for England after 35 minutes. Dealt well with Iran's roughhousing and his high and wide runs down that flank meant Sterling could come inside closer to Kane.Passes
completed - 104Tackles - 0Blocks - 0 Jude Bellingham - 8.5/10Last week I named Bellingham as the player I was most looking forward to watching at this World Cup. We all saw why
against Iran. England's 19-year-old headed home the opener and it's hard not to get excited about this starlet's future.Passes completed - 96Tackles - 3Shots - 1 Jude Bellingham