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When do England play next?

England cruised past Iran in their opening World Cup group game as Bukayo Saka scored twice in a massive 6-2 win at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan on Monday.

A 14-minute stoppage stunted the match’s progress early on as goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand attempted but failed to recover from a sickening clash of heads.

When the game eventually got underway, the Three Lions took control as Jude Bellingham flicked in the game’s opener before Saka got his first and Raheem Sterling added a third in first-half stoppage time.

Arsenal star Saka got his brace after the hour mark, though Iran surprisingly responded through a sharp Mehdi Taremi strike.

However, substitute Marcus Rashford got things back on track to make it 5-1 and though the game threatened to fizzle out, England wrapped things up with a sixth as Jack Grealish finished off Callum Wilson’s unselfish pass.

An incredibly contentious penalty was awarded to Iran with the clock well into the red to allow Taremi to grab his second before the full-time whistle eventually blew.

England are next in action on Friday when they take on the United States at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. The emphatic win over Iran means the Three Lions would likely clinch a spot in the last 16 with victory over their old North American allies, depending on other results in the group.

England will round off their group campaign next Tuesday against Wales. The two sides previously met in the Euro 2016 group stages, when England won but were dumped out in the last 16 by Iceland while Wales reached the semi finals.

England’s remaining Group B games

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