David Beckham and pal Dave Gardner sit in empty stand at England v Iran match during Qatar World Cup

David Beckham looks dapper in a navy suit as he’s joined by pal Dave Gardner in empty stand at England v Iran match during Qatar World Cup

David Beckham cut a dapper figure while joined by Dave Gardner at the England v Iran during the Qatar World Cup on Monday.

The former footballer, 47, looked suave in a navy suit and white shirt as he watched the game alongside his sports agent pal, 46, in an otherwise-empty box at Khalifa International Stadium, Doha.

Earlier in the day, he took to Instagram to share some heartwarming snaps of his morning spent with England fans ahead of the opening match.

Spectators: David Beckham looked dapper in a navy suit while joined by his pal Dave Gardner in an empty stand at the England v Iran match during the Qatar World Cup on Monday

Spectators: David Beckham looked dapper in a navy suit while joined by his pal Dave Gardner in an empty stand at the England v Iran match during the Qatar World Cup on Monday

He wrote: ‘A special morning spent with the @england fans reliving some great memories ahead of the big game.

‘I’m so excited for Gareth and the team…good luck boys the whole country is behind you.’

England’s wonderkids Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka and tournament veteran Raheem Sterling have helped the Three Lions take a 4-0 lead over Iran during a superb first half in their opening match of the World Cup this afternoon.

The Birmingham-born Borussia Dortmund wonderkid, 19, sent thousands of fans in the stadium wild – and millions at home – as he rose to nod it home after a cross from Manchester United’s Luke Shaw. He made history as he became the second teenager in history to score in a World Cup for England, after Michael Owen in 1998.

Busy day: Earlier on, he took to Instagram to share some heartwarming snaps of his morning spent with England fans ahead of the opening match

Busy day: Earlier on, he took to Instagram to share some heartwarming snaps of his morning spent with England fans ahead of the opening match

Having fun: He wrote: 'A special morning spent with the @england fans reliving some great memories ahead of the big game'

Having fun: He wrote: ‘A special morning spent with the @england fans reliving some great memories ahead of the big game’

And minutes later Saka, 21, smashed home a left foot shot off the crossbar. And then Sterling, 27, blasted in a volley following 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 the game, when Harry Maguire was clearly dragged down in the box. Maguire then headed against the crossbar.

Thousands of Three Lions supporters are in the Khalifa Stadium in Doha including the WAGs of the players and David Beckham while millions are watching at home, work or in pubs with high streets across the UK deserted as people settled down for the 1pm match.

England took the knee as they started their first World Cup campaign against Iran in one of the most politically-charged matches in English football history after a row over wearing a rainbow captain’s armband for Harry Kane, which was dropped after pressure from FIFA.

Kane looked serious as he led the team on to the pitch. The England captain did not wear the ‘OneLove’ rainbow armband after the threat of a yellow card proved too much of a risk for the FA. Alan Shearer said today that Kane had been put in an impossible position ahead of one of the biggest games of his career, but added that he would probably have worn the armband himself.

Kane was wearing the official FIFA ‘No Discrimination’ armband, having removed his England jacket following the national anthems. Loud whistles greeted the Iranian anthem, with the whole Iran team opting not to sing.

The entire England team then took the knee and Harry Kane appeared to raise his fist – but the Iranians did not take part.

Before the goals rained in, England fans were furious by the failure to award the Three Lions a penalty just three minutes into their World Cup opener.

England had an early corner which was taken by Kieran Trippier and Harry Maguire appeared to be dragged down by Iranian defender Roozbeh Cheshmi.

Shortly afterwards the match was stopped for 10 minutes after a head injury to Iran’s goalkeeper, who was replaced. Maguire then hit the crossbar with a header as England dominated.

Bellingham would go one better shortly afterwards, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder looping a header home from Luke Shaw’s cross to break the deadlock 10 minutes before the interval.

Saka would double the lead before the break, thrashing home a fine volley from a Maguire header down to banish his penalty miss of last summer.

With the fourth official signalling 14 minutes of added time, England grabbed their third through Raheem Sterling, who finished Kane’s cross after some great build-up from Southgate’s side.

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