England vs. Iran Live Match Updates

England and Iran have kicked off in the second match of the World Cup from Qatar.

England is continuing a 56-year quest to win a major trophy. England is wearing white, Iran red. England sent out a lineup of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford; defenders Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw; midfielders Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice; and forwards Bukayo Saka, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.

Iran’s far less familiar lineup is goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand; defenders Morteza Pouraliganji, Roozbeh Cheshmi and Majid Hosseini; midfielders Sadegh Moharrami, Milad Mohammadi, Ahmad Noorollahi, Ali Karimi and Ehsan Hajsafi; and attackers Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Mehdi Taremi.

Make no mistake, Iran are big underdogs today, a goal and a half in the American sports betting parlance. They would be happy with a draw against last year’s European championship finalists.

  • It’s difficult to assess England’s chances at this World Cup. The team looked great making the final of the Euros in 2021, but its 2022 was abysmal: no wins in six Nations League games, and two of those were against Hungary. It adds up to making them 8-1 for the title, the fourth favorite behind Brazil, Argentina and France. Iran is 500-1.

This article will update as the game is played.