England secured victory in their opening match of the tournament ©IFCPF

England cruised to victory in their opening match of the International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football (IFCPF) Men’s World Cup in Spain.

The England team enjoyed a strong start against Canada at the Futbol Salou Field 7, earning a 4-0 advantage by halt-time.

The goals continued to flow in the second period with David Porcher completing a hat-trick, as England secured an 8-1 victory.

The team had received a good luck message from England men’s national team manager Gareth Southgate prior to their tournament opener.

England were joined at the top of Group A by the Netherlands, who were narrow 1-0 winners over Venezuela.

Luc Pierre scored the crucial goal, with his 54th minute effort proving the difference between the two teams.

Group C competition began with the United States facing Iran.

Iran had appeared to have secured victory with Abbas Torabi scoring his second of the match in the 60th minute to give his side a 2-1 advantage.

Joshua Brunias struck a late equaliser for the US team to help them to a 2-2 draw in the Group C opener.

Australia are the other team in Group C, which only features three teams.

The second round of group matches is due to begin tomorrow.

Brazil and Ireland will seek their second Group B wins when they face Germany and Thailand respectively.

Ukraine are set to face Northern Ireland in Group D, with Argentina due to take on Spain.