Confirmed England vs Iran starting lineup:
Jordan Pickford, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, Harry Kane
England take on Iran in our 2022 World Cup opener out in Qatar this afternoon.
Nothing less than a win will do, if we are to top Group B.
The Three Lions are actually in really poor form at the moment, having lost three and drawn three of our last six games.
Hopefully we end our winless run this afternoon…
Confirmed England vs Iran starting lineup
Gareth Southgate has selected West Ham star Declan Rice and Borussia Dortmund ace Jude Bellingham in the middle of the park as expected.
Mason Mount will slot in just ahead of those two.
Bukayo Saka starts ahead of four time Premier League winner Phil Foden, whilst Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane are the experienced heads in the front-line.
Jordan Pickford is between the sticks behind Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kieran Tripper.
It will be really interesting to see how England approach this game.
We need to start on the front foot immediately, and really take the game to the Iranians.
The confirmed England vs Iran starting lineup has enough about it to win this game comfortably.
And with the likes of Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Callum Wilson on the bench, Southgate has plenty of options to mix things up, if he needs to.