It was a pleasure to watch England play, a relaxing experience and how often has that been written about them during the heat of a major men’s tournament? It had been billed as a likely war of attrition against Carlos Queiroz and his compact and committed Iran team but it was nothing of the sort, England easing towards a statement victory after grabbing a hold of the tie in the first-half and squeezing tightly.

It was a feast for the few thousand England fans in attendance, men against boys on the pitch, although it was two of Gareth Southgate’s younger players that charged the occasion.

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