David Beckham cut a fine figure alongside Dave Gardner ahead of England’s match against Iran during the World Cup in Qatar on Monday.
The former footballer, 47, looked suave in a navy suit and white shirt as he prepared to watch the game alongside his sports agent pal, 46, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
Earlier in the day he took to Instagram to share some heartwarming snaps of his morning with England fans ahead of the opening game.
He wrote: “A special morning spent with the @england fans reliving some great memories ahead of the big game.
“I’m so happy for Gareth and the team…good luck guys, the whole country is behind you.”
England prodigies Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka and tournament veteran Raheem Sterling helped the Three Lions take a 4-0 lead against Iran in a superb first half in their opening match of the World Cup this afternoon.
The Birmingham-born Borussia Dortmund prodigy, 19, sent thousands of fans into the stadium – and millions at home – as he nodded home after a cross from Manchester United’s Luke Shaw. He made history by becoming the second teenager in history, after Michael Owen in 1998, to score for England at a World Cup.
And minutes later, 21-year-old Saka hit home a left-footed shot off the crossbar. And then 27-year-old Sterling volleyed in a cross from captain Harry Kane, effectively winning the game before half-time. Saka then grabbed a fourth with an hour on the clock.
The Three Lions were also denied a clear penalty just three minutes into play when Harry Maguire was clearly dragged into the box. Maguire then headed against the bar.
Thousands of Three Lions supporters are at Doha’s Khalifa Stadium, including the players’ WAGs and David Beckham’s, while millions at home, at work or in deserted high street pubs across the UK watch as people watch for the game settle down at 1 p.m.
England took their knee at the start of their first World Cup season against Iran in one of the most politically charged games in English football history after a dispute over Harry Kane wearing a rainbow captain’s armband, which fell under pressure from FIFA was left.
Kane looked serious as he led the team onto the field. The England captain did not wear the ‘OneLove’ rainbow armband after the threat of a yellow card proved too risky for the FA. Alan Shearer said today Kane was placed in an impossible position ahead of one of the biggest games of his career, but added he would likely have worn the armband himself.
Kane wore the official FIFA No Discrimination armband after removing his England jacket after the national anthems. Loud whistling greeted the Iranian anthem, with the entire Iranian team choosing not to sing.
The whole England team then took the knee and Harry Kane seemed to raise his fist – but the Iranians didn’t cooperate.
Before the goals rained in, England fans were furious at not awarding the Three Lions a penalty just three minutes into their World Cup opener.
England had an early corner executed by Kieran Trippier and Harry Maguire appeared to be dragged to the ground by Iranian defender Roozbeh Cheshmi.
Shortly after, the game was stopped for 10 minutes after the Iranian goalkeeper suffered a head injury and he was substituted. Maguire then hit the bar with a header as England dominated.
Bellingham upped the ante shortly thereafter, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder flicking a header home from Luke Shaw’s cross to break the deadlock 10 minutes before the break.
Saka would double the lead before the break, volleying home a nice volley from a Maguire header to banish his missed penalty from last summer.
After the fourth official signaled 14 minutes of stoppage time, England clinched their third through Raheem Sterling, who completed Kane’s cross after some great preparation from Southgate’s side.