ENGLAND’S World Cup opener against Iran in Doha is taking place RIGHT NOW!

And the headline team news is that Jude Bellingham is starting for his World Cup debut, while Bukayo Saka has been given the nod.

There is already furore over Harry Kane’s choice of One Love captain’s armband – but now six countries have backed down over using it.

Gareth Southgate’s side last World Cup tournament ended in agony as they lost 2-1 to Croatia in the semi-finals of the 2018 edition in Russia.

And who could forget the penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the Euros final 16 months ago.

  • Kick-off time: 1pm UK time
  • Live stream FREE: BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website
  • TV channel: BBC ONE
  • England XI: Pickford; Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Bellingham; Sterling, Mount, Saka; Kane
  • Iran XI: Beiranvand; Moharrami, Pouraliganji, Hosseini, Mohammedi; Nourollahi, Cheshmi, Hajsafi; Jahanbakhsh, Taremi, Karimi
  • Betting boost: Get Harry Kane to score or assist at EVENS with Sky Bet


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