Captain fantastic Kane hails "massive" England win

Lynette Rowe
June 19, 2018

His last gasp injury time header sealed a 2-1 victory for the Three Lions, following up his first half strike.

And 10 minutes before half-time England were punished for wasting chances as Roldan ruled Walker had intentionally made contact with Ben Youssef, Sassi's penalty powerful enough to beat the fingertips of Jordan Pickford and find the bottom-left corner.

It was a relief for Kane and Gareth Southgate, who leapt into the air in delight as his World Cup debut as a coach got off to a winning start.

The North Africans were level in the 34th minute when Kyle Walker caught Ben Youssef with his arm on a cross and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Harry Kane scored in the closing minutes to secure three points for England and a strong start to the team's quest for World Cup redemption.

England fans from London to Volgograd watched their team take an early lead before Tunisia pegged them back from the penalty spot as Gareth Southgate's side got their World Cup campaign underway in Russian Federation.

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Teams that have experience of playing at the highest level, like at World Cups, know how to manage a game and stem the tide when they need to.

"I think we deserved the win", he said.

"The first half we should have been clear".

"If Harry Maguire plays, we need an improvement from the Costa Rica game".

England had a legitimate case for a spot-kick at the other end when Kane was bundled over in the box as Alli headed against the crossbar. But Kane ensured that England got their Russian Federation 2018 campaign off to the ideal start by heading in at the far post in the 90th minute - a goal that earned a deserved win following a series of controversial incidents. We had to keep creating chances, we didn't play as well second half but they defended deep.

England allowed carelessness to creep in at the back and offered a limited Tunisia team the chance to get back into a game they should have been out of within the opening half-hour.

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