Darren Bent has hailed Callum Wilson for the unselfish role he played in Jack Grealish’s goal against Iran in their World Cup opener.
England secured a 6-2 win in their first match of the tournament, with some of the Three Lions’ substitutes making a huge impact off the bench as Gareth Southgate’s side cruised to victory.
Captain Kane, who was seen limping out of the Khalifa International Stadium, was replaced by Wilson with around in the 76th minute.
Jude Bellingham played the 30-year-old through down the right flank in the final stages of the match and, despite him racing through on goal, he decided to square the ball into the path of fellow substitute Grealish, who tapped into the back of the net.
Such a passage of play caught the eye of former striker Bent, who was impressed with what the Newcastle forward did in the build-up to England’s sixth goal of the afternoon.
Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT after the match, he said: “The team spirit is high.
“Wilson going through there, I’m telling you right now, he would have wished that Jack Grealish wasn’t there because he could have just gone for goal.
“But he chose the right option, right weight of pass, used his pace getting in behind, timing his run in behind to perfection.”
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The performance from Southgate’s side ensured they got their World Cup campaign in Qatar off to a great start, with Bellingham opening the scoring before Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling added further goals before half time.
Saka then netted his second of the match before Mehdi Taremi earned Iran a consolation goal, only for Marcus Rashford to come off the bench and find a fifth for England. Grealish got their sixth before Taremi scored a controversial penalty in stoppage-time.