UK View: Stop the World Cup, England have already won it




England got off to a good start in their World Cup campaign after beating Iran 6-2 and judging by some of the reactions you’d swear they already have a hand on the trophy.

Gareth Southgate’s side swept away a six-game winless streak to beat Iran 6-2 with a dynamic display of attacking football with rising stars Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham dynamic in attack, combining for half their goals .

The English side are seen as one of the favorites to lift the trophy, for the first time since their only triumph in 1966, in Qatar, eclipsed by Brazil and Argentina with the bookmakers.

Even newly installed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak gushed with praise after the victory over his Group B rivals.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “It’s a great start for the England team and the Prime Minister will certainly pass on his congratulations to them on such a good performance.”

England legend Alan Shearer thought Bellingham lit up the arena.

“The young boy, can we call him that? He’s not really anymore now, he’s a man isn’t he? Bellingham. Oh my word what a performance, amazing,” Shearer said on BBC1.

Fellow BBC1 analyst Rio Ferdinand said Bellingham was playing with an authority that ‘goes far beyond his years’

“He’s a fabulous footballer but to deliver a World Cup like that at that age, we’re talking about the great midfielders we’ve played with and we’ve seen in our generation, none of them were doing what ‘he does at his age on this organize.’

Southgate didn’t get carried away but were impressed with the performance.

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“To win by that margin, to play like we did for most of the game, you have to be really happy,” Southgate said.

“We were a real threat throughout the game, but we shouldn’t concede two goals at this stage. It’s a good start, but we have to be better.

Former England defender Jamie Carragher said it was a “perfect start” and the rest of the world saw a force to be reckoned with.

“Given how sharp and fit England looked, it could be that our optimism that a mid-season World Cup would benefit our players is justified,” he wrote in his post. column for the UK. Telegraph.

“There are many justified arguments against holding the World Cup at this time, and why it shouldn’t be held in Qatar.

“But there’s no denying that England could have an advantage if they can bring the physicality of Premier League football to the international stage. Usually that has been impossible.

“After so many indifferent starts to a World Cup and European Championships, we shouldn’t be embarrassed to embrace positivity when England start so well on the biggest stage – and in the way they do. did with brilliant football and goals.”

Even Qatar’s controversial ban failed to dampen the enthusiasm of England fans on the move.

“England fans have never been so sober and yet so intoxicated,” was the view of The temperature.

“They were so intoxicated with joy, sweeping attacking and clinical finishing, the urgency and skill of the starting XI and exceptional reserves, that the beer ban imposed by the Qataris seemed like a minor inconvenience.

“A team of this quality should progress far in a tournament.”

Watch all 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup 2022ᵀᴹ live and free on SBS and SBS On Demand.




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