England have made the second most passes of any team in the first half of a World Cup match since 1966, when the Three Lions dominated Iran en route to a 3-0 lead at half-time on Monday.
Jude Bellingham completed 100% of his passes (40) in the first 45 minutes and Mason Mount proved unstoppable on the ball, successfully completing 100% of his dribbling attempts.
By comparison, Iran managed just 46 completed passes – the fewest by any team in the same 56-year span, after a truly stunning performance in Qatar.
Mount and Bellingham in particular excelled in an English midfield that controlled the game, with the opposition mostly content to sit back and let the Three Lions have the ball.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder gave the Drei Löwen a perfect start with a 35th-minute header after a long break for Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand, who required treatment for a head injury.
In all, Bellingham attempted 40 passes in the first 45 minutes as Opta analysis shows the youngster made no mistake.
Chelsea midfielder Mount was just as prolific, completing his two first-half dribble attempts on Monday against the defensive Iran side.
He was also successful on defense, with a 100 percent tackle success rate, winning seven out of seven duels for Gareth Southgate’s side.
The 23-year-old also helped England move quickly from one side of the pitch to the other with three precise long balls.