England player ratings: Two players stand out in World Cup rout over Iran

    Raheem Sterling celebrates England's third goal against Iran
    Happy days: Raheem Sterling is mobbed after scoring England’s third (Picture: AP)

    England got their World Cup campaign off to the perfect start with a 6-2 victory over Iran on Monday, but how did Gareth Southgate’s players stack up at the Khalifa International Stadium…

    Jordan Pickford 7

    Didn’t have much to do but England’s No.1 still made a fine save late in the game.

    Kieran Trippier 7

    Put in some quality crosses from the right. Steady.

    John Stones 7

    Possibly a bit slow for Iran’s opener. The late penalty decision against him was very harsh.

    DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 21: Harry Maguire of England reacts during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between England and IR Iran at Khalifa International Stadium on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
    Up in arms: Harry Maguire was unlucky not to get an early penalty against Iran (Picture: Getty)

    Harry Maguire 7

    Unlucky not to open the scoring when heading against the bar then set up Bukayo Saka. Silenced a few critics before leaving with a head injury.

    Luke Shaw 7

    A steady stream of dangerous crosses put Iran on the back foot from the start. It was his wonderful cross that set up the opener for Bellingham.

    Jude Bellingham 9

    A clinical finish for the first goal and an assured performance. Well on his way to becoming a household name.

    Declan Rice 7

    A steady performance and much more to come.

    Mason Mount 7

    Played his part in helping England set a high tempo from the start.

    England's Bukayo Saka (left) celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the FIFA World Cup Group B match at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha. Picture date: Monday November 21, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story WORLDCUP England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.
    Starring role: Bukayo Saka celebrates with Declan Rice after bagging England’s second (Picture: PA)

    Bukayo Saka 9

    The youngest Englishman to score twice in a World Cup match. Looked like a world-beater.

    Raheem Sterling 8

    His first World Cup goal and an assist shows he’s on the way back to top form after a slow start to the season with Chelsea.

    Harry Kane 8

    England hit six and their second greatest striker still doesn’t score? Still set up two goals and was full of lovely touches.


    Eric Dier 7

    (For Maguire 68 mins) Looked steady enough after coming on for the injured Maguire.

    Jack Grealish 8

    (For Saka 70 mins) A typically industrious cameo was capped with a deserved goal.

    Immediate impact: Marcus Rashford scores England’s fifth (Picture: Getty)

    Marcus Rashford 8

    (For Sterling 70 mins) Three brilliant touches after coming off the bench and he had the ball in the net.

    Phil Foden 7

    (For Mount 70 mins) Kept the game fizzing when it would have been easy to slow down.

    Callum Wilson 8

    (For Kane 75 mins) Unselfish passes like the one which set up Jack Grealish for the sixth goal is what wins World Cups.

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