Player Ratings England vs Iran: No goals, but captain Kane makes his mark

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Iran

Alireza Beiranvand

Received long-term treatment for head injuries after a nasty collision with Rouzbeh Cheshmi, following a header from Sterling. Little other action. 5/10

Milad Mohamdi

Caught napping for a quick free kick taken which set quite the tone. Too much came his way, where Saka thrived. 4/10

Major Hosseini

Another torn top shred by Saka and was also beaten in the air by Bellingham for 1-0. Made a last ditch tackle to stop the great Sterling run. 5/10

Rouzbeh Cheshmi

Lost ball on his way to England’s third place as he tried to assert himself far upfield. Lost Bellingham for the first goal. One of the three substituted at halftime. 3/10

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Morteza Pouraliganji

Positions himself well from various defensive positions. Gave England a terrible moment with a foul on Kane that initially appeared to injure him. 6/10

Sadegh Moharrami

Cross for England’s first goal came down his flank. Seemed rushed and slightly panicked to Sterling. 4/10

Ehsan Hajsafi

Captain tried to lead the press but found few to follow his lead in the first half. Better in second place, as is his team as a whole. 6/10

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Ali Karimi

Attempted to keep a close eye on Bellingham but couldn’t get close to the midfielder when it mattered. Careless on the ball at rare moments. 4/10

Ahmad Nourollahi

A passenger in the first half, another who gave the ball away cheaply. Made a reasonable effort in second place, but mostly gave away fouls. 5/10

Alireza Jahanbaksh

Looked like Iran’s most promising creative outlet, which isn’t saying much. Best chance wasted by sitting back and shooting over. Booked and addicted to the tranquility. 4/10

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Mahdi Taremi

Tried hard to keep it up but got little chance. Fought to change the tone of the game in the second half and earned his consolation goals. 7/10

Substitutes

Goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini couldn’t do much about the six goals. Midfielders said Ezatolahi and Hossein Kanaani improve their team. Defender Ali Gholizadeh didn’t. Sardar Azmun didn’t have time to impress.

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