Iran's top striker Mehdi Taremi did grab two consolation goals, one late from the penalty spot, for the Iranian's who were expected to cause a few problems for England but they struggled after their first choice goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand was forced to leave the game early because of a head injury.
From their perspective the match will be best remembered for the brave protest that their players took part in at the start of the game when they refused to sing the national anthem, in defiance of the nations government following the death of Mahsa Amini.
But for England is was a very promising start to the competition and fans are revelling in what it might mean for the rest of the tournament. Here are some of the best reactions:
\u201cJude Bellingham is the first player younger than GTA: Vice City to score a World Cup goal\u201d
\u201cI mean yeah look the thing abt the armband is we're here to do awareness but like what if fifa shouted at us? & if we boycotted it altogether we couldn't do goals could we? Nobody thinks of tht do they when they're like oh u let us down big time u cowards. Nobody uses their heads\u201d