Gareth Southgate makes history! The Three Lions boss now has more major tournament wins than ANY England boss, as his side score six goals in a World Cup opening game for the first time.
Gareth Southgate has come under massive scrutiny in recent months, but his England team once again proved that they are a force to be reckoned with by starting their World Cup campaign with a bang.
The Three Lions cruised to a 6-2 win over Iran in their opening Group B clash, while rivals USA and Wales will play tonight, with Bukayo Saka pulling off an expertly staged double.
In the victory, Southgate earned two very impressive accolades, as he now won more games than any other Three Lions manager in major tournaments, while also setting the record for the most goals scored in a Cup opening match. of the World by England.
Gareth Southgate has more major tournament wins than any other England manager after his side’s 6-2 win over Iran.
Bukayo Saka (right) and Raheem Sterling (left) hit their mark in a comfortable victory
Southgate have now won nine games in major tournaments, consisting of the World Cup and the European Championship, having previously shared the record with Sir Alf Ramsey in eight.
Yet Ramsey, of course, is the only manager to have guided England to a World Cup triumph, returning in 1966. Southgate will now look to emulate that feat in Qatar.
Meanwhile, Southgate now holds the title of best return in a World Cup opening match, in what was the second time his team had scored six goals in football’s most prestigious competition.
Southgate applauded the traveling English fans after his team claimed an impressive victory.
England hammered Panama to six in the second game of their 2018 World Cup campaign, with Harry Kane scoring a hat-trick, John Stones claiming a brace and Jesse Lingard also getting in on the action.
This time, there was no goal for Kane, but he did create two in what was a fine performance from the England captain.
Instead it was Saka (twice), Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford and Jude Bellingham who scored.
Southgate, despite the impressive performance, was not entirely happy with his team, who felt that they should not have conceded two goals against a significantly smaller team.
Midfielder Jack Grealish struck home after coming on as a substitute against Iran on Monday
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford also made an instant impact after coming off the bench.
‘[I was] A bit fed up with the end,” he said after the game. ‘To win by that margin and play like we did for most of the game, you have to be happy.
‘The players seemed ready, we wanted to be that kind of team. They treated him well. We had a sticky first half – we were a real threat throughout, pressing and the movement was really good.
“We have to be very happy, but we shouldn’t concede two goals at that point. We have to do well for the game against the United States.” Today was great, but we will have to be better.’