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Harry Kane matches Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup record during England vs Iran

Harry Kane matched Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup assists tally in just one match as England thrashed Iran 6-2.

To the surprise of many, Kane didn't get on the scoresheet as the Three Lions got off to a dream start in Qatar. But he did still play a massive part in the game, setting up Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford for England's third and fifth goals.

Those were his first two assists in his seventh World Cup match, which is the same amount Ronaldo has managed in 17 games across his four finals' appearances – as pointed out by stats expert Duncan Alexander.

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The Manchester United rebel got his first in a 7-0 drubbing of North Korea at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and his second in a 2-2 draw with the USA in 2014.

Kane is still behind Ronaldo for goals after failing to score against Iran. He's one short of Ronaldo's seven strikes after winning the Golden Boot in Russia four years ago with six goals.

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England fans were left sweating after he went down injured in the second half on Monday (November 21) afternoon. To their relief, he did play on until being replaced by Callum Wilson in the 75th minute.

Kane was seen with light strapping to his right ankle and was walking with a slight limp after the match, according to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein.

Gareth Southgate will be hoping he's able to face the USA in England's second group game on Friday (November 25). Ronaldo, meanwhile, will kick off his World Cup campaign with Portugal against Ghana on Thursday.

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