Before a World Cup match, the captain of Iran criticizes the English media.

Before a World Cup match, the captain of Iran criticizes the English media.

According to Alireza Jahanbakhsh, journalists play “mental games.”

Before their World Cup match in Qatar, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, the captain of the Iranian national football team, accused the English media of attempting to destabilize his team.

On Monday, group rivals Iran and England square off against one another, but some British media outlets have used the lead-up to question Iranian team members about political matters related to the protests in their home country.

At a press conference this week, attacking midfielder Jahanbakhsh responded to a question, stifling attempts to veer the conversation away from football.

The Iranian national football team’s captain, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, has claimed that the English media is trying to undermine his team ahead of their World Cup game in Qatar.

Iran and England, who compete against one another on Monday, are group rivals, but some British media outlets have used the opportunity to question Iranian team members about political issues connected to the protests in their home nation.

Attacking midfielder Jahanbakhsh answered a question at a press conference this week, stifling attempts to steer the conversation away from football.

The player insisted that the team’s attention was on the competition in Qatar, where they were placed in Group B with England, Wales, and the United States.

When asked about his biggest lesson, Jahanbakhsh, who spent three years at Brighton before joining Dutch team Feyenoord in the summer of 2021, said, “I learned to always respect the team, respect the jersey, no matter what.”

The 29-year-old continued, “It’s easy to bring it this way, to play the mental games, to ask questions about what’s going on here or there, or whatever.” He was speaking specifically to the English media.

But every member of Team Melli is concentrating on the fact that we have just four days left to play one of the biggest, greatest games of our lives.

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