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Wilson plays the unselfish role
Callum Wilson is hoping that his unselfishness in playing in Jack Grealish will be repaid later on in the tournament.
The England striker opted to set up team-mate Grealish for a tap-in against Iran rather than go for goal himself with the Three Lions already 5-1 up.
Wilson admitted that he is desperate to score in a World Cup but felt it was the right decision as Gareth Southgate’s side got their campaign off to the perfect start.
He said: “Always, as a striker, you want to score, you’re playing in a World Cup, you want to score a goal at the World Cup.
“But you have to make the right decision on the pitch, it’s about the team, not me as an individual.
“I think for me, in that moment, I made the decision to square it. It was the right one, the angle was closing up.
“You get repaid — that’s what happens in football, you give back and you receive as well so we’ll see how we go.”
England are back in action on Friday evening when they face USA in their second Group B game.
Sane out for Germany
Five-time champions Germany have been dealt an early injury blow with Leroy Sane ruled out of their opening game.
The Germans take on Japan tomorrow but will be without the Bayern Munich winger due to a knee injury.
Sane, 26, did not take part in their final training session ahead of the clash and no timeframe has been put on his return.
It is a frustrating start for Hansi Flick’s men as they look to improve on their 2018 showing, when the then reigning champions were dumped out in the group stage.
Sane was expected to be a key component having scored 10 goals in 19 games for Bayern this term, as well as 11 in 48 caps for Germany.
ℹ️ @leroy_sane will miss tomorrow’s opening game against Japan with a knee problem.
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) November 22, 2022