Jordan Pickford celebrated too soon and dropped to his knees when Harry Maguire hit the bar before Jude Bellingham gave England the lead against Iran in Qatar 2022 World Cup opener

    Jordan Pickford had the exact same reaction as millions of England fans across the country when Harry Maguire hit the bar early in the Three Lions’ World Cup opener against Iran on Monday.

    Gareth Southgate’s side got off to a magnificent start in Qatar as Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling put them 3-0 up before half-time.

    Pickford thought England were 1-0 up before they actually were

    Pickford thought England were 1-0 up before they actually were

    However, just minutes before Bellingham’s opener, Harry Maguire came ever so close to giving England the lead.

    As the game passed the half-hour mark, a corner was magnificently whipped into the box.

    Maguire leaped highest and made a clean connection, but saw his header clatter back off the crossbar.

    This surprised many observers who thought the ball was dropping in, including the England goalkeeper.

    As the ball soared through the air, Pickford prematurely raised his arms in celebration.

    He then even began to drop to his knees, only to see the effort narrowly miss the target.

    Maguire’s header hit the bar

    Maguire’s header hit the bar

    Pickford dropped to his knees, but quickly had to get up again

    Pickford dropped to his knees, but quickly had to get up again

    It was not long until Pickford was celebrating properly though.

    Bellingham looped a header home from Luke Shaw’s cross to break the deadlock on 35 minutes.

    Saka would double the lead just eight minutes after, thrashing home a fine volley from a Maguire header down.

    Bellingham’s goal against Iran was his first for England

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    Bellingham’s goal against Iran was his first for England

    It was an impressive first-half display

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    It was an impressive first-half display

    With the fourth official signalling 14 minutes of added time due to an earlier head injury to Iran’s goalkeeper, England grabbed their third.

    This time it was Sterling, who finished Harry Kane’s cross after some great build-up from Southgate’s side.

    Three goals in ten minutes sent the country – including Pickford – into rapturous celebrations.

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